It took more than four decades for jurors to indict a former Alabama state trooper in a landmark civil rights slaying. Getting the elderly defendant to trial is taking a long time, too.
A grand jury in Alabama indicted James Bonard Fowler in 2007 for the 1965 shooting of Jimmie Lee Jackson during a civil rights protest in Marion in the central part of the state. Fowler is still awaiting trial, in part because of feuding between the prosecutor and judge in the case.
District Attorney Michael Jackson says the trial won't be this year, but he's hopeful about next year.
Fowler turns 76 on Thursday. Fowler is trying to get the charges dismissed because he says there are too few defense witnesses left to provide a fair trial.
Some elderly witnesses in the 44-year-old case have already died.
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