NATION IN BRIEF
Indictment Brought in Civil-Rights-Era Death
MARION, Ala. -- A grand jury returned a sealed indictment Wednesday in the shooting death of a black man by a state trooper 42 years ago -- a killing that set in motion the historic civil rights protests in Selma and led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
District Attorney Michael Jackson said the charge and the suspect's identity will not be made public until the indictment is served, which could take days.
It took the grand jury only two hours to return the indictment in the killing of 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson, who was shot by trooper James Bonard Fowler during a 1965 civil rights protest that turned into a melee.
Fowler, now 73, was the target of the investigation and had said he expected to be indicted. He said that he fired in self-defense after Jackson grabbed his gun from its holster. Calls to his home and his lawyer were not immediately returned.
The indictment is the latest in a series of cases from the civil rights era across the South that are now being prosecuted.
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