Avowed racist ringleader in horrifying 1998 murder of a black man will be executed this week

Mail Online | 6/7/1998 | Dailymail.com Reporter;Associated Press
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An avowed racist, who murdered a black man in 1998 by tying him to a truck and dragging him three miles down a Texas road, will be executed this week.

John William King, 44, who orchestrated the attack on James Byrd Jr in Jasper, Texas, is slated to be put to death Wednesday.

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He will be the second man executed in the case.

Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed in 2011.

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The third participant, Shawn Allen Berry, was sentenced to life in prison and is still serving his sentence.

In the early morning hours of June 7, 1998, three white men beat Byrd after offering him a ride.

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They then chained the 49-year-old to the back of a truck and dragged his body for nearly three miles along a secluded road in the piney woods outside Jasper.

Byrd was alive for at least two miles before his body was ripped to pieces.

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The 1998 death of Byrd was one of the most gruesome hate crimes in US history.

In the years since the dragging, Byrd's relatives created the Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing.

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Louvon Byrd Harris, 61, one of Byrd's sisters, said her family still hopes to build a multicultural center and museum in Jasper to promote diversity and education.

Harris and Byrd's other sister, Mylinda Washington, 66, who live in Houston, said they hope their brother's death continues to spur people to combat hate, wherever it may occur.

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'Hate has not gone away,' Washington said. 'Every week in the news, we're reminded of that.'

Recently, a technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, the potential deal-breaker of Byrd's death emerged.

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Byrd's death gave the company president pause in the discussions about where to locate his firm's newest facility.

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