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James Byrd Jr.: A Timeline of Events

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Story by Chris Cato

 

          This timeline depicts the events that are related to the James Byrd Jr. dragging death that occurred in June of 1998.  It contains facts about the murder, information on the accused killers, their trials, and the struggles of the victim's family.
 

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1998

 

 

6/6/98 – James Byrd Jr. Death

    6/27/98 – KKK/Panther Rally

         7/6/98 – Grand Jury Indictment

            7/8/98 – Family Pleads For Hate Crime Laws

               9/10/98 – Racist Parade In New York City

                    11/11/98 – Separate Trials?

                           11/25/98 – William King Wants Change Of Venue

                                 12/25/98 – Judge Keeps King Trial In Jasper



Spring 1999

1/7/99 – King’s Lawyers Want Out

    1/21/99 – Racist Fence Comes Down                                              
         1/26/99 – James Byrd Jr. Act

               2/1/99 – James Byrd Jr. Foundation

                   2/2/99 – Judge Gets Tough

                        2/16/99 – King Goes To Trial          

                              2/23/99 – Guilty Verdict For King

                                   2/25/99 – King Gets Death Sentence

                                          4/19/99 – Jasper On High Alert

                                              4/28/99 – Brewer Trial Not In Jasper



Fall 1999

9/13/99 – Brewer Trial Begins

    9/20/99 – Brewer Guilty       

         9/23/99 – Brewer Gets Death Sentence

              10/9/99 – Fight For Hate Crime Bill Continues
                   11/10/99 – Berry Trial Begins
                        11/18/99 – Berry Guilty Verdict & Life Sentence
                             11/19/99 – Byrd Family Receives Closure



2001

2/20/01 – House Committee Passes Hate Crimes Bill

    4/24/01 – House Passes Hate Crimes Bill

         5/11/01 – Governor Rick Perry Signs Hate Crime Bill

 

 

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