Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore says 1977 trial for killing of ex-Zachary mayor was unfair

Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore — sentenced to life in prison 38 years ago in the murder of former Zachary Mayor Marshall Bond — is asking for a new trial, citing in part the circumstances of the confession he made under questioning by then-District Attorney Ossie Brown.

Included as new evidence in Whitmore’s request are documents turned up by the LSU Manship School Civil Rights-era Cold Case Project team two years ago in which the FBI claimed Brown had connections with the Ku Klux Klan and spoke to a gathering of the hate group during the 1970s. The defense claims Brown’s handling of the case was tinged with racial bias, another reason a new trial is warranted for Whitmore, who is black.

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