It's been nearly 40 years since the death of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County. After hundreds of interviews and going through more than 40,000 documents, Mississippi officials say they hope it's possible to right a wrong from the past.
"We've had a little bit of a setback in the last few months, but we're still working hard," state Attorney General Mike Moore said. "We hope we can put together a case that can be prosecuted. If we can, we'll do it, if not, we won't. So it's just a matter of time to see how strong our proof can be."
Moore says some of those setbacks include witnesses dying and getting people to testify.
"It's not that we don't know who did it or what everyone did that was involved in it; I could write a book on it for you, but being able to prove it in a court of law under the rules of evidence and you have to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt."
Gov. Ronnie Musgrove says he supports the attorney general's and local prosecutors' pursuit of a murder case. Even though the slayings of '64 happened a long time ago, Musgrove says justice should be served.
"If the case is there and the evidence is there and there's enough to move forward, I think we should right all wrongs of the past," Gov. Musgrove said.
State officials still haven't decided when to present the case to a grand jury.
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