Report: 2 men to be cleared in 1965 murder of Malcolm X

Two men convicted of the murder of Malcolm X are set to be acquitted after more than half a century, and prosecutors now say authorities withheld evidence of the killing of the civil rights leader, according to a news report on Wednesday.

NEW YORK (AP) – Two men convicted of the murder of Malcolm X will be acquitted after more than half a century, and prosecutors now say authorities withheld evidence of the civil rights leader’s killing, according to a news report on Wednesday.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, who spent decades in prison for the crime, were acquitted after a nearly two-year investigation by their lawyers and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. A trial date is expected Thursday.

“These men did not get the justice they deserved,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said. to the newspaper.

Malcolm X was shot down when he began a speech in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965.

The two men were then known as Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson. Aziz, 83, was released in 1985. Islam was released two years later and died in 2009.

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