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One of three men convicted in the 1998 dragging death of a Jasper man is set to be executed next spring.
John William King's execution date is set for April 24, 2019 at 6 p.m., Newton County Sheriff Billy Rowles told 12News. Rowles was the sheriff in Jasper County when Byrd was tragically and brutally murdered over 20 years ago.
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King's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court claiming his lawyers at the time of his trial were ineffective was denied Oct. 29.
The Fifth Circuit Court denied King's earlier appeal for the capital murder conviction of James Byrd, Jr. in January.
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MORE | Court denies John William King's appeal in dragging death of James Byrd Jr.
Lawrence Russell Brewer, 44, was executed in 2011 for the crime and Shawn Berry, 42, is serving life in prison.
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Byrd's death sparked legislation about hate crimes in the resulting public outcry throughout the last two decades. President Barack Obama signed The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act on October 22, 2009 as part of the the National Defense Authorization Act for 2010 (H.R. 2647).
The legislation was conceived as as...
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