The U.S. Department of Justice says they will open an investigation into the death of the Jasper man, whose body was found in Hemphill, after missing for 19 days. Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said Monday the death of Alfred Wright will be investigated after filing a petition a couple of weeks ago with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Jackson Lee’s petition highlighted eight points where she believes “overwhelming and credible evidence” was ignored by the Sabine County Sheriff’s initial investigation. The FBI and Texas Rangers have already been called in to assist with the investigation. When Wright’s body was found by family members, it was reported to be unclothed, his neck slit, with a missing ear and two missing teeth.
The Congresswoman is also saying there’s “documented racial violence towards African Americans in South East Texas, and that she’s just looking to ensure equal justice is provided for all, including the Wright’s family.”