Final Suspect in 1965 Civil Rights Slaying Dies in Alabama


The last of three men tried and acquitted in an infamous civil rights slaying in Alabama has died.

An obituary says Namon O’Neal Hoggle of Selma, Alabama, died Tuesday. He was 81, and services were scheduled for Thursday.

Hoggle was among three men acquitted in 1965 in the beating death of the Rev. James Reeb of Boston.

Reeb was a Unitarian minister who went to Selma in response to a call by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Reeb was white, and he was attacked by a group of white men after eating in a black-owned restaurant.

Hoggle, his brother and a third man were acquitted in the killing. All three men were white, as were all the jurors.

The FBI closed an investigation of Reeb’s killing in 2011 without filing any charges.

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