Reward in Neshoba Slayings Set at 100K

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The Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference is offering a $100,000 reward to motivate someone to reveal the truth about the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County.

The reward is an anonymous donation and will be administered by the MRLC.

The MRLC was created in response to the slayings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman. The three men were trying to help blacks register to vote when they were abducted and executed.

Seven members of the Ku Klux Klan were convicted of federal civil rights violations in the deaths and sentenced to prison terms ranging from three years to 10 years. None of those convicted served more than six years. The state never brought murder charges.

MRLC executive director, the Rev. Paul Jones, said the reward comes at a time when the state is gaining momentum in its quest for closure in the murders.

In June, a multiracial task force organized a well-attended 40th anniversary commemoration of the slayings in Philadelphia.

Mississippi Attorney General Hood recently said a reopened investigation of the case will conclude by early next year.

If there is enough evidence for murder charges, it will be presented to a grand jury.