Three NC Deaths On FBI Cold-Case List From Civil Rights Era


The Federal Bureau of Investigation will take a closer look at the deaths of three North Carolina men who died at the height of the civil rights era.

The Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama has collected the information since the late 1980s. Center officials say 74 deaths in 11 states could be racially motivated killings of black men and women between 1952 and 1968.

F-B-I agents in Charlotte will look into the three North Carolina cases in hopes of finding evidence that would allow them to prosecute after half a century.

It's unclear how much the cases were investigated at the time, if at all.

In Shelby, one case involves Dr. George Singleton, who was killed in an explosion and fire in his office in 1957.

Details are minimal for the other two cases. William Dallas Owens of New Bern and Clarence Cloninger of Gaston, near Roanoke Rapids, died while in jail.