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Byrd Murder Defendant Appealing Death Sentence

One of the men found guilty for the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. in Jasper says he had no involvement in the hate crime, and that the evidence used against him didn't belong to him.


John William King was one of three men found guilty in 1999 for the crime. His appeal is currently under review by a U.S. District Judge in Plano, and it's not known when a ruling may come down.


Since his sentencing, King has been on death row in Polk County. This week marks 15 years since King, Russell Brewer and Shawn Berry chained Byrd by the ankles to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him three miles.


Brewer was executed in 2011, after 12 years on death row, Berry, the driver of the pick-up, is serving a life sentence. He'll be eligible for parole in 2038.

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