Former Lawmaker Linked to 16th Street Church Bombing

A former state lawmaker has emerged as an important figure in the investigation of the 16th Street Church bombing. According to court documents, Bob Gafford used to play dominoes with Robert Chambliss, the only person convicted in the case so far. Gafford was also an acquaintance of Bobby Frank Cherry, who, along with Thomas Blanton, was arrested and charged with the bombing last month.

Ku Klux Klansmen bombed the church in September of 1963, killing four black girls. Former representative Gafford was a segregationist leader at the time, but later changed his views. A Birmingham newspaper reports Gafford testified as a witness in the case before a grand jury last year.