Two men who served decades in prison for the murder of civil rights leader Malcolm X are scheduled to have their convictions thrown out, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office reportedly said Wednesday.
The news comes after the Netflix documentary “Who Killed Malcolm X,”The 2020 episode, which aired in 2020 called into question the convictions for Muhammad Aziz (known at the time as Norman 3X Butler and Khalil Islam; Thomas 15X Johnson). After its airing, the district attorney’s office launched a formal investigation into the case.
According to The New York Times District Attorney Cy Vance will join the attorneys of the pair to seek to have their convictions annulled on Thursday. The DA’s office apologized for the “severity of the error,” the paper also reported.
Mujahid Halim, who was freed on parole in 2010, admitted that he played a role in the killings but stated that Aziz (and Islam) did not.
The Times also reported that the district attorney’s office review found hat the FBI, prosecutors and NYPD withheld evidence in the case would have likely led to the acquittal of the two men. Since the announcement, neither the FBI nor the NYPD have released any statement.
Islam was released in 1987, and he died in 2009. Aziz was paroled in 1985.
The Innocence Project is currently working with David Shanies (the D.A.The office of the D.A. on the abolition of the men’s convictions.
Malcolm X was assassinated February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom of New York.