New Report says Black Man in Mississippi Found Hanging from a Tree Robbed and Murdered a Woman in 1980

Otis Byrd's family and the Mississippi branch of the NAACP have indentified him as the man found hanging from a tree on Thursday.   CNN
Otis Byrd’s family and the Mississippi branch of the NAACP have indentified him as the man found hanging from a tree on Thursday.
CNN

On March 2, a friend dropped Otis Byrd off at the Riverwalk Casino in Vicksburg, Mississippi. On March 8, members of the Byrd family reported the 54-year-old missing. On Thursday, Claiborne County, Mississippi authorities found a man’s body, believed to be Byrd’s, hanged from a tree by a bed sheet causing many in the area to wonder whether the hanging was a homicide and if so, could it possibly be retaliation for a killing some 25 years ago.

Authorities have not confirmed the man’s identity but the Claiborne County NAACP and family members have said it was Otis Byrd.

According to Mississippi Department of Corrections public records viewed by The Clarion-Ledger, “Byrd spent a little over 25 years in prison for the murder of Lucille Trimm in Claiborne County. Records show he robbed her of $101. He was convicted of capital murder on Feb. 8, 1980, and was paroled Nov. 2, 2006.”

Earl Jackson, 54, who identified himself as a friend of Byrd’s, told The Root that the man he knew never said a harsh word.

“Him and my nephew were good friends,” said Jackson. “I met him about 4 or 5 years ago. “He was a real humble person and you would have never known he was in any trouble.” Jackson continued: “All I’ve been hearing is that it’s retaliation for the killing years ago but he always treated me nice.”

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack, told CNN, that the man’s hands were not bound and that he was wearing a skull cap. They are unclear whether or not the hanging was a suicide or a homicide.

“We don’t know what happened out there, if it is a suicide, a homicide, that is why we investigate these types of cases to determine exactly what happened,” he told WAPT.

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Source: The Root | 

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