Till Grand Jury Members Speak Out

(J. W. Milam and Roy Bryant with their wives, taking a break in the 1955 murder trial)

The half-century search for justice in the murder of Emmett Till petered out last February when a Leflore County grand jury declined to indict Carolyn Donham on criminal charges.

“There is nobody left to indict,” said Greg Watkins, one of 19 members from the grand jury. “It will be debated forever probably, but there is no one left living to send to jail.”

Donham, 73 and living in Greenville, was the centerpiece of the investigation conducted by federal and state authorities into the 1955 murder.

Members of the grand jury say that no one on the panel last February thought an indictment was in order.

“We all realized that this lady is 70 years old-plus, and no one really knows for sure how much she was involved,” said Gary

Woody. “I think (Donham) knows, but there is so much that we just don’t know for sure.”

Continued — (WDAM TV, Greenwood, MS)