Breakthrough in Birmingham Church Bombing - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

May 19, 2000

Breakthrough in Birmingham Church Bombing

Two men charged with bombing the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham will have to wait for their bond hearings. Attorneys for Bobby Frank Cherry and Thomas Blanton Junior announced there was no bond hearing Thursday. Cherry and Blanton are still jailed in Birmingham. Both men are charged with eight counts of murder in the bombing nearly 37 years ago. Both surrendered Wednesday after a Jefferson County grand jury indicted them for murder.

The initial federal investigation into the bombing resulted in no charges, though the FBI named four men who were Ku Klux Klan members, including Blanton and Cherry, as suspects. An investigation in the 1970's resulted in the murder conviction of suspect Robert Edward Chambliss, who died in prison in 1985 while serving a life term. The fourth suspect, Herman Cash, is dead. The case was reopened in 1980 and 1988, without additional charges. It was reopened yet again in 1997.

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