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How did Billey Joe Johnson die?

On December 8th [2008], 17-year-old Billey Joe Johnson died from a gunshot wound to the head. Police say he killed himself with a shotgun after being stopped for a simple traffic violation in Lucedale, Mississippi.1 Several things seem to cast doubt on the official story, including an independent investigation that concluded it would have been impossible for the shot that killed Johnson to have been self-inflicted.

billey-joe-johnson1Many on the ground smell a murder and a cover-up. We don’t have all the answers, but it’s clear that in the racially divided town of Lucedale, all the ingredients exist for a miscarriage of justice.

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