A case that ‘flips justice on its head’: Victim, not shooter, convicted in 1960 bloodbath

Third in a four-part series

More than six decades ago a grand jury assembled to hear a grisly case. Four Black men had been shot to death and a fifth seriously wounded in a hail of gunfire on Ticheli Road near Monroe, Louisiana.

The all-white grand jury would do something in character for the segregated South of the early 1960s, finding that the white shooter had acted in self-defense. Later that day, the panel made another decision that also says a lot about the justice system back then: It charged the lone survivor with attempting to murder the white man.

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The stories have received thanks from the family members of victims and have earned regional and national acclaim.

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