MARION, Ala. (AP) -- A former state trooper has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge in the 1965 slaying of a black man in Alabama that triggered a key march of the civil rights era.
James Bonard Fowler, who is white, entered the plea Monday at Marion. That is where the shooting death of Jimmie Lee Jackson inspired a Selma march that became known as "Bloody Sunday" when it was turned back by club-swinging troopers. The march helped lead to passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Fowler had been indicted for murder and was to go on trial Nov. 29. He pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to six months jail in Geneva County, his home county.
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