NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 27, 1977
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(Studio) 1963 bombing of Birmingham, Alabama, church, in which 4 black girls were killed, noted. Indictment has now been returned in case.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Birmingham, Alabama) Bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church was 1 of about 40 such bombings in that area of Birmingham during 1950's and 1960's that were never solved. Last month, grand jury began another investigation into bombings and on Monday, indicted one man and possibly 2nd man. (Films shown.) There is definite indictment against former Ku Klux Klan member Robert Chambliss; has been reported that Georgia attorney and National States Rights party head J.B. Stoner has been named in 2nd indictment, in connection with 1958 bombing of Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham. Stoner says charges are political and that he's innocent. [STONER - says Birmingham detective and FBI agent tried to get him to bomb church, but didn't do it, nor did he have anyone else bomb it.] Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth was pastor of Bethel in 1958. [SHUTTLESWORTH - thinks it's travesty of American justice that it's taken 20 years to indict guilty.] Investigators say it's only beginning and more indictments in other bombings will be sought.
REPORTER: Jackson Bain