Alabama prosecutors have reopened a decades-old murder case that helped spark the seminal Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. James Bonard Fowler, 73, a former state trooper, turned himself in yesterday after being indicted the 1965 murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson, whom prosecutors say he shot and killed during a demonstration in Marion.
Fowler, who is white, has acknowledged shooting Jackson but maintains he acted in self-defense. Fowler, who faces life in prison if convicted, winked at reporters as he left the sheriff's office. A cousin of Jackson's who is now a deputy sheriff was present at the booking, he said, "to stand for Jimmie Lee, my family and for justice."