History and scholars have struggled to understand the events surrounding Malcolm X’s assassination. Here is a timeline.
Feb. 21, 1965
Malcolm X is assassinated at Upper Manhattan
Malcolm X was killed while addressing a crowd in Washington Heights at the Audubon Ballroom at Broadway. Later that day, he was declared dead.
March. 10, 1965
Three Nation of Islam members were indicted in the murder.
Mujahid Abdul Haim, a member of The Nation of Islam was taken into police custody as he fled the ballroom. (He was at that time known as Talmadgehayer and later as Thomas Hagan.
Two weeks later, two more men were arrested and later indicted for the murder: Muhammad Abdul Aziz (formerly Norman3X Butler) and Khalil Islamic (also known under Thomas 15X Johnson).
The trial over Malcolm X’s killing began on Jan. 22, and all three men took the witness stand to deny the accusations. A few weeks later, Mr. Halim gave his second testimony, telling jurors that the murder was his fault and that he was innocent. He declined to identify the true killers.
The jury convicted them all and sentenced them to 20 years to life imprisonment.
Mujahid Abdul Halim files two affidavits in which he implicates four other people in the crime.
Between 1977 and 1978, Mr. Halim filed two separate affidavits that described the details of the killing and reaffirmed his claim that his co-defendants were not guilty. He gave partial names of four members of Newark’s Nation of Islam mosque, N.J. as his accomplices in the assassination.
A defense lawyer requested that the case be reopened to consider new evidence. However, the judge denied the motion.
1985 and 1987
Khalil Islam and Muhammad Abdul Aziz are granted paroles two years apart.
After Mr. Aziz’s attempts to be released on parole had been twice denied, his application was approved in 1985, and he was released after 20 years in prison, when he was 46 years old.
Two years later, Mr. Islam was also granted parole. He died in 2009.
In 2010, Mr. Halim was freed.
The Justice Department declines a reinvestigation of the case.
The publication of Manning Marable’s “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention,” a best-selling biography that attempted to reshape the perception of Malcolm X’s legacy, spurred new calls for the Justice Department and the New York State attorney general to start full investigations into the assassination.
Experts suggested that a federal law could allow for a review of cold cases of violent crimes against Blacks dating back to 1970. However, the calls for a fresh investigation failed to materialize.
Manhattan D.A. According to him, he will revisit the case when a Netflix series airs.
Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Manhattan’s district attorney, announced that he was starting a preliminary review of this case after Netflix released a series arguing that Mr. Aziz was not at the Audubon Ballroom when Malcolm X died.
“Who Killed Malcolm X?” explored the potential culpability of the four members of the Nation of Islam mosque in New Jersey mentioned in Mr. Halim’s affidavits. The episodes depicted the four men’s involvement as an open secret in the city.
Source: NY Times