November 18, 2021

Two convicted of Malcolm X’s murder exonerated

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Both men denied they had anything to do with shooting the esteemed leader at the Audubon Ballroom in 1965.

Khalil Islam (Thomas 15X Johnson) (left) and Muhammad Aziz (Norman 3XButler) Credit: AP Photos

This post was originally published on New York Amsterdam News

A fresh glimmer will be given to the ongoing, seemingly unsolvable assassination of Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) on Thursday, Nov. 18, when Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. moves to vacate the convictions of Norman 3X Butler, now Muhammad Aziz and Thomas 15X Johnson (Khalil Islam).

Both Aziz and Islam, who died in 2009, denied they had anything to do with shooting the esteemed leader that fateful afternoon at the Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965. Talmadge Hayer or Thomas Hagan, and now Mujahid Abdul Halim, who confessed to the murder, testified that neither of them was at the scene of the crime.

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