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Willie Reed - Surprise Prosecution Witness

Willie Reed-Surprise Prosecution Witness

Willie Reed was a surprise witness for the prosecution at the Emmett Till murder trial.  Reed told the jury what he heard when the two defendants - Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam - were inside a tool shed, on Milam's property, with a third person.  Reed heard someone calling for his mother, among other things.

In this photo, online courtesy the Special Collections department at the University of Memphis Library, we see Reed (in the middle) with two other surprise witnesses for the prosecution (Mandy Bradley and Walter Billingsley).

After the trial, and its not-guilty verdicts, Willie Reed was afraid for his life.  He fled to Chicago, where he suffered a nervous breakdown.

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Media Credits

Photo online, courtesy Special Collections department at the University of Memphis Library.

 

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