32-year-old murder trial begins today at courthouse

By David Drysdale
Jackson Clarion Ledger

JACKSON, Miss. –   More than thirty years after the murder of Vernon Dahmer, Samuel Bowers today went on trial for the crime Mississippi has never been able to rightly prosecute.  At 73 years old, Bowers is on trial for the fifth time on charges of firebombing the Dahmer home. 

“It’s time for justice to be done,” District Attorney Lindsay Carter said during his walk to the courthouse.  

The Bowers case holds many parallels to the conviction of Byron De La Beckwith in 1994, who was found guilty of murdering Medgar Evers, the head of the Mississippi NAACP.

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