James Byrd, Jr., an African American man, on June 7, 1998, in the East Texas town of Jasper.
Byrd was dragged to his death after being chained by the ankles to the back of a pickup truck by three white men (Shawn Allen Berry).
Byrd was born on May 2, 1949, in Beaumont, Texas, and raised in Jasper.
Just weeks before Byrd’s slaying, Brewer had come to Jasper and moved into King’s apartment.
Brewer and King were both associated with a white supremacy group while in prison and came home covered with many racist tattoos.
Instead of taking Byrd home, Berry, Brewer, and King drove east out of Jasper and stopped at a small clearing in the woods.
Investigators believe there was a fight in the clearing because of the upturned grass, disturbed dirt, and a broken beer bottle, which were consistent with signs of a struggle.
After the murder, investigators found a copy of the white supremacists’ manifesto On June 7, 1998, Byrd spent the day drinking and socializing with friends and family in Jasper, across town from his apartment.