NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports from Jasper, Texas, on the murder conviction of white supremacist John William King for dragging a black man, James Byrd, Jr., to his death last June behind a pickup truck. It took the jury less than three hours to deliver guilty verdicts on charges of capital murder and kidnapping. Today, King's lawyers will argue that he should not be executed for committing the racially motivated crime.
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