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Malcolm X’s 2 Convicted Murderers To Be Exonerated

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From left: Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam in 1965. AP

 

More than 56 years after the assassination of Malcolm X, two of the men convicted will be exonerated. The Manhattan District Attorney is expected to ask a judge to throw out those convictions Thursday; CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports.

Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam long maintained their innocence in the 1965 assassination, the Manhattan DA exonerated them on Wednesday. Two men who spent decades in prison for the murder of civil rights leader Malcolm X will have their convictions thrown out, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Vance’s office is expected to join the men’s attorneys Thursday in asking a judge to vacate the convictions.

The Times reported that the review found prosecutors, the FBI and the NYPD withheld evidence that would have likely led to an acquittal. The FBI and NYPD said they fully cooperated with Vance’s investigation.

In November 2020, a letter from former undercover NYPD officer Raymond Wood was released. Wood claimed he was coerced by his NYPD supervisors to lure members of Malcolm X’s security detail into committing crimes that resulted in the FBI arresting them days before the shooting.

“There was no security to prevent the gunman from coming into the building,” his cousin, Reginald Wood Jr. said.

The district attorney’s office opened the investigation following the release of the Netflix documentary “Who Killed Malcolm X?” Phil Bertelsen, who produced the documentary, spoke about the film with the “CBS Evening News.”

“The FBI had eyewitness testimony from presumably the nine informants that were in the room that day about who did the crime. Full descriptions of the men, and particularly the man who wielded the shotgun. That was information that was not given to the NYPD,” Bertelsen said according to New York Times.

In February, Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, told CBS News her family always had questions about her father’s death. “I can say I was surprised because I was caught off guard, but it’s something that my family and many always wondered. But most importantly, we wanted to ensure that the truth is uncovered,” she said.

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