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Fowler changes mind about early release

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The former Alabama State Trooper convicted of manslaughter in a Civil Rights era death has changed his mind and will not seek to be released from jail early.

James Fowler, the Perry County District Attorney's office confirmed, withdrew his motion Wednesday that petitioned the court for an early release. D.A. Michael Jackson said the withdrawal was at the advice of Fowler's counsel.

Fowler was sentenced to 6 months in jail for the February 18, 1965 death of Jimmy Lee Jackson, a black activist who was shot and killed in Marion during the Civil Rights era.

Fowler, 77, was allowed to serve the sentence in Geneva County, near his home, instead of in Perry County where the crime was committed.

A hearing had been set on Fowler's request for Thursday but it has since been canceled. Fowler will serve his full term. 

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