The federal government has reopened the investigation into the lynching murder of Emmett Till.
The case was closed in 2007 after authorities said the suspects had died and the state grand jury didn't file any charges.
In a report submitted to Congress in late March, the Department of Justice said it had reopened its inquiry "based upon the discovery of new information", but it did not elaborate.
"None of us wants to do anything that jeopardizes any investigation or impedes, but we are also very interested in justice being done", she told the outlet, declining to discuss specifics. In last year's The Blood of Emmett Till, however, it was discovered that Carolyn Donham had lied when she testified that Emmett Till harassed her with "verbal and physical advances" at a store in MS in 1955.
But the Justice Department's decision to devote new attention to the case is a demonstration of how deeply the episode resonates more than 60 years after Till was killed in rural MS and photographs of his mutilated body were published, so staggering the nation that the case is now seen as a catalyst for the civil rights movement.
Thanks to Donham's falsified testimony, Till was abducted and mutilated before being fatally shot and dumped in the Tallahatchie River.
"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him", Donham says in the book.
Donham's then-husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam were charged with murder but later acquitted in Till's slaying.
The men later confessed to killing the boy in a magazine interview but weren't retried, and both men are now dead.
Donham, who will be 84 this month, now lives in Raleigh, N.C. and declined comment to the AP.