The man accused of slaying civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963 was jailed Monday outside Chattanooga after Tennessee Gov. Ned Ray McWherter signed a murder arrest warrant to expedite his extradition.
An extradition hearing was scheduled Wednesday for Byron de la Beckwith, 70, on a fugitive warrant from Mississippi, where he has been tried twice for Evers' murder. The arrests followed a new murder indictment returned this month by a grand jury in Hinds County, Miss.
Beckwith was tried twice in Jackson, Miss., in 1964, but both juries, all-male and all-white, deadlocked. The case was reopened amid charges of jury and evidence tampering and new witnesses, including a former Ku Klux Klansman.
Beckwith -- an avowed white supremacist who flies a Confederate flag above his home in Signal Mountain, Tenn., just outside Chattanooga -- has vowed to fight the extradition.
Evers was an official of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People when he was ambushed in the driveway of his home in Jackson. Police said the rifle used in the killing was found a short distance away.