The Manhattan district attorney’s office is looking to reopen Malcolm X’s murder case after more than 50 years. According to Pix 11, the idea behind reopening the case stems from a Netflix documentary series titled, “Who Killed Malcolm X”? In the series, new evidence is provided raising an argument regarding the innocence of the two men who were convicted of murdering Malcolm X. The evidence could prove that the men may not have been at the scene the day Malcolm X was killed.
“District Attorney Vance has met with representatives from the Innocence Project and associated counsel regarding this matter,” Danny Frost, director of communications, said in a statement. “He has determined that the district attorney’s office will begin a preliminary review of the matter, which will inform the office regarding what further investigative steps may be undertaken. District Attorney Vance has assigned Senior Trial Counsel Peter Casolaro and Conviction Integrity Deputy Chief Charles King to lead this preliminary review.”
Three men were sentenced to life in prison for his murder, according to ABC 13. Two of the men allegedly involved in Malcolm X’s death have maintained their innocence. One was released from prison and the other has since passed away.
Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 1925. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for larceny and that is when he joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. He was paroled in 1952.
The Muslim leader and human rights activist was a pillar in the civil rights movement, advocating for Black lives and the separation of Black and White Americans.
Malcolm X began to drift from and reassess his relationship with the Nation of Islam in the 1960s, particularly with the Nation’s leader Elijah Muhammad, revealing that he ultimately felt his time with the Nation was wasted. He departed from the Nation of Islam 1964, later becoming an advocate for racial integration.
Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City on Feb. 21, 1965.