Appeals Stall Punishment in Jasper Dragging Death Case

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This week marks 15 years since John William King was sentenced to die for the notorious Jasper dragging death of James Byrd Jr., but his punishment remains delayed in appeals.

King was one of two white supremacists condemned for the slaying of Byrd, a 49-year-old black man who was chained to the back of a pickup truck in 1998 and fatally dragged.

Companion Russell Brewer was executed in 2011. A third man, Shawn Berry, is serving life.

King's case is before U.S. District Judge Richard Schell. The Beaumont Enterprise reports King's attorney, Richard Ellis, contends evidence showed King wasn't at the attack, that sandals with Byrd's blood didn't belong to King and that King had no intention of starting a racist group in Jasper.

State attorneys said the trial jury dismissed those arguments.

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