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By Ko Bragg Tuesday, October 23, p. This case was also featured on the ID Network. Congress St. Jackson Free Press Jump to content. I'll never believe it," Townsend said at the community meeting. He didn't have a drug problem, he wasn't depressed.
Rukia Lumumba hugged Jones' mother, Tammie Townsend, who got teary-eyed in a blue t-shirt with her son's face screenprinted below the letters "R.
On Oct. A release from the family said Jones had been dating a white woman in her 20s off and on for a few years, and they had together. The Justice Department did not rule it a homicide. In Port Gibson inOtis Byrd, 54, was found hanging from a tree behind his house with bedsheets around his neck attached to a limb 15 feet above the ground, no chair in sight. Top Stories. P" in black.
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Recent Comments see recent 25 ». He was always smiling. Rukia gave an impassioned speech and apologized for assisting "late in the game. In the last several years, other cases have mirrored Jones' on the surface.
Family seeks justice for black man found hanging from scott county tree
And I know this is what he would want me to do. Lee said witnesses told his office that Jones fought with his girlfriend and threatened to hang himself shortly before he was found dead near her home south of Forest. Comments Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content. However, his mother does not believe her son committed suicide. It's supposed to happen there. A suicide. Injustice ain't supposed to happen nowhere—and it's not supposed to happen here for sure, in Mississippi, where we have overcome so much trauma, so much heartache.
Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee initially said in an Associated Press repor t that the death is consistent with suicide, with no evidence of a racially motivated crime.
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Rukia Lumumba right is one of the Jackson lawyers taking on the case pro bono. Townsend added that the support of various community groups have helped her to keep going. Jones apparently accompanied his child's mother to her home just before he died.
Tammie Townsend's son was found hanging from a tree in Scott County in February. Nick Naylor, 23, was found hanging by his dog's leash after going for a walk in Kemper County in His death was ruled a suicide and featured on the program "Injustice Files" on the Investigation Discovery Network.
He'd give you the shirt off his back. On Feb. Thomas Bellinder, a lawyer working this case pro bono, said that this case is ongoing and could appear before the grand jury in November.
city reporter Ko Bragg at [ protected]. Thanks for anything you can do to empower our journalism! Photo by Ko Bragg. In Kokomo, Miss. Two autopsies led to a suicide ruling. Bellinder criticized the legal system that he says is built to protect the investigation, and "in reality the investigator," and called on the community to step forward with any evidence or witness statements before November.
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Phillip Carroll was 22 years old when his body was found hanging from a tree in the Washington Addition neighborhood in Jackson in His death was ruled a suicide. Lumumba, who is also working this case pro bono, praised Townsend's strength as a mother. It's some evil-hearted people out here—I know that first hand. The news business has changed dramatically in the past year, and we need your help more than ever to keep bringing you important stories about Jackson and the Metro.
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