Bonard Fowler


Age: 81

Summary: retired Alabama state trooper who in 2005 finally acknowledged that he was the former Marion, Alabama police officer who in 1965 shot and killed 24-year-old black laborer and church deacon Jimmie Lee Jackson in a local cafe as the shooting provoked the fateful voting-rights march from Selma to Montgomery turning the tide for the civil rights movement, but the crime itself was largely ignored for more than 40 years and justice was deferred for Jackson before he was indicted on charges of murder by a grand jury in 2007 when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor manslaughter, apologized, and served five months in jail while claiming self-defense.

Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Born: September 10, 1933

Died: July 5, 2015

Black, Alabama