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NATION : Beckwith Arrested for 2nd Time

<i> From Times Wire Services </i>

te supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was arrested for a second time in less than two weeks today on a warrant stemming from the 1963 slaying of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

In a move intended to speed his transfer from Tennessee to Mississippi, Beckwith, 70, was arrested on a murder warrant, and an extradition hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.

He had been arrested Dec. 18 on a fugitive warrant from Mississippi, where he has twice been tried for the murder of Evers. The arrests followed a new murder indictment returned by a grand jury in Hinds County, Miss.

Evers was field secretary for the NAACP when he was killed in front of his Jackson, Miss., home on June 12, 1963.

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Both of Beckwith’s previous trials were heard by all-white juries and ended deadlocked. The charges were dropped in 1969 but the case was reopened amid charges of jury and evidence tampering.


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