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John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by Nobody: 12:13am On Apr 25, 2019
One of three men convicted for the murder in 1998 of James Byrd Jr, one of modern America's worst hate crimes, has been executed in Texas.
Byrd, a black man, was beaten, chained to a truck and dragged for miles by three white men. His murder prompted Congress to pass hate crime legislation in 2009. John William King, 44, an avowed white supremacist, is the second man to be executed over the killing. He had filed multiple appeals in the case.


John William King seen escorted into the Jasper County Courthouse in 1999

Prosecutors depicted King, a self-professed racist with a criminal record, as the ringleader of the group of men who attacked Byrd.
Lawrence Russell Brewer, the other white supremacist who took part in Byrd's killing, was executed in 2011, although King had been sentenced earlier.

The third man, Shawn Allen Berry, was spared the death sentence and is serving a life term as he did not share the white supremacist beliefs of Brewer and King. He will be up for parole in 2038, US media report.

In the early hours of 7 June 1998, in Jasper, Texas, Byrd, 49, encountered Brewer, King and Berry on the way home from a party.
The three men assaulted Byrd, then chained him by his ankles to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him for several miles until he was dismembered.

Police found parts of Byrd's body in front of a black church just outside the city; the rest was located over a mile away.
Authorities followed a blood trail of evidence - including a lighter engraved with "KKK" and King's nickname, Possum - placing the three men at the scene of the crime.

During King's trial, prosecutors showed evidence detailing his hatred of black people, including a letter he attempted to send Brewer in jail glorifying their murder, US media reported.

"Regardless of the outcome of this, we have made history and shall die proudly remembered if need be... Much Aryan love, respect, and honour, my brother in arms."

King had spoken of starting a race war and of initiating members of a white supremacist gang he belonged to by having them kidnap and murder black people, court documents showed. He was convicted by a jury that deliberated for just over two hours. The case sparked nationwide horror and outrage, and in 2001, Texas passed the James Byrd Jr Hate Crimes Act to toughen punishments for such crimes.

Congress followed, enacting the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 to strengthen laws against crimes motivated by a person's race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.

King has repeatedly and unsuccessfully tried to appeal his case at the state and federal level. He has maintained he is innocent, blaming Berry alone for the murder, and arguing that his lawyers did not properly defend him. Jasper's former sheriff, Billy Rowles, told KFDM News that King's execution would finally provide closure for the community.

"It's time... Most of the people in Jasper will believe this is the end of it."

Louvon Harris with a photo of her brother James Byrd Jr., who was murdered by white supremacists in 1998.

On Monday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole voted unanimously to deny King a commutation or a 120-day reprieve.

Last October, the US Supreme Court declined to take up his appeal.

King was pronounced dead on Wednesday, April 24 at 19:08 local time (23:08 GMT) at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville.


SOURCES
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/24/us/james-byrd-jr-john-william-king.html

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by SimplePlan34: 5:58pm On Apr 25, 2019
He should have committed suicide

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by TwoBottles(m): 6:56pm On Apr 25, 2019
That's how things are done.

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by Richdad50(m): 6:56pm On Apr 25, 2019
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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by Uyi168: 6:56pm On Apr 25, 2019
cry
Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by AdaNri1(f): 6:56pm On Apr 25, 2019
This should be introduced in Nigeria against tribalism.

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by trendymarseey(f): 6:57pm On Apr 25, 2019
Hmmmn
Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by HitSong: 6:57pm On Apr 25, 2019
People should please stop this rubbish black and white thing!
This is 21st century and the colors of our skins as we can see now is NOT BLACK.

And I have never seen a white skinned colour person too before.

What we have now is different shades of brown and pale skins.
I don't have problems with black colour though but I find it offensive if I'm called black because THE COLOUR OF MY SKIN IS NOT!

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by Aderewah: 6:57pm On Apr 25, 2019
Bad politicians and bad economy in nigerIa, deep hate and gangs abroad. May God prepare a perfect place to enjoy life in its fullest for me, my family and everybody reading this.

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by babzo(m): 6:59pm On Apr 25, 2019
America. A land of law and order.
A land where everyone is answerable to the law.
A land where EVERY crime is investigated.
A land where EVERY criminal knows that he can never be 100% sure of getting away with his crime.

America is not perfect, but it is the shining example for the world today.

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by Phemzy(m): 6:59pm On Apr 25, 2019
FTC
Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by TheMainMan: 6:59pm On Apr 25, 2019
this is so wicked and out of this world shocked shocked shocked

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by JubrinElSudan: 6:59pm On Apr 25, 2019
Executed? And I was thinking its only Saudi Arabia and Far East Asian countries execute guilty ones. So sine states still do so

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by HigherEd: 7:01pm On Apr 25, 2019
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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by Edagentle(m): 7:02pm On Apr 25, 2019
It took over 20yrs to finally pronounce judgement.
cry

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by Aystarz: 7:03pm On Apr 25, 2019
The origin of a man's heart is black.

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by lonelydora: 7:04pm On Apr 25, 2019
Good.
An eye for an eye won't make the world go blind

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by WIDETHOUGHT: 7:05pm On Apr 25, 2019
EYE FOR EYE, IT'S THAT SIMPLE.

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by seunmohmoh(f): 7:05pm On Apr 25, 2019
When will racism end?

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by Nobody: 7:05pm On Apr 25, 2019
Na this even them kill am, this life na wa
Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by sparog(m): 7:06pm On Apr 25, 2019
He should have been punished before death

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by Nobody: 7:06pm On Apr 25, 2019
Edagentle:
It took over 20yrs to finally pronounce judgement.
cry
2hrs, read well

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by Fourwinds: 7:06pm On Apr 25, 2019
Good that the idiot has been sent out

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by googi: 7:07pm On Apr 25, 2019
babzo:
America. A land of law and order.
A land where everyone is answerable to the law.
A land where EVERY crime is investigated.
A land where EVERY criminal knows that he can never be 100% sure of getting away with his crime.

America is not perfect, but it is the shining example for the world today.

ODESON!

Instigating others to cross the desert and sea

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by BotherMleeper(m): 7:08pm On Apr 25, 2019
TwoBottles:
That's how things are done.

Nah

The oyedepos and Adeboyes and Suleimans are the worst religious bigots.

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Re: John William King Executed In Texas For Death Of James Byrd Jr, Black Man by Champneys: 7:09pm On Apr 25, 2019
Great news. Awesome!

Rot in hell you bloody racist cun…..t!

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