What was the verdict in the trial for the murder of Emmett Till?

The verdict of the trial for the murder of Emmett Till ended in acquittal of the two defendants.

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Juan Williams’ novel Eyes on the Prize is a powerful literary piece that documents the tumultuous times of the Civil Rights movement in America, beginning with the fight for justice after the murder of Till.

The two men accused of the horrific murder of Emmett Till were Roy Bryant...

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Juan Williams’ novel Eyes on the Prize is a powerful literary piece that documents the tumultuous times of the Civil Rights movement in America, beginning with the fight for justice after the murder of Till.

The two men accused of the horrific murder of Emmett Till were Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam. Till was a young, Black boy, only fourteen years old. Bryant and Milam were white men, and Bryant’s wife (Carolyn) was the woman who claimed Till had been inappropriate with her in a store where she worked. Till was tortured extensively before he was shot in the head and put in a river. When his body was discovered in the river days after his murder, it was extremely distorted and hardly recognizable. This fact would be one of the reasons why the all-white jury claimed the defendants, Bryant and Milam, could not be found guilty of the murder. The jury did not deliberate very long before declaring both men “not guilty,” as they stated that the body could not be properly identified. Despite witnesses who identified Bryant and Milam as the men who took Till, the jury let two guilty men literally get away with murder. Both men would later boast that they did brutally attack, torture, and murder young Emmett Till. Additionally, Carolyn Bryant later changed her story and revealed that she had lied in court.

The murder of Till, and the unjust trial decision that followed, sparked many flames of protest throughout the nation, as cries for equality, desegregation, and justice were already echoing across the United States of America, especially in the South.

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