As the nation marks the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, we also remember the New Orleans District Attorney who made international headlines with his theory about what he said really happened in Dallas that day.
In 1967, DA Jim Garrison arrested and charged businessman Clay Shaw with conspiracy to murder President Kennedy. The 6-week trial attracted international media attention, but was considered by many a flimsy case, with fanciful theories and witnesses who crumbled under cross-examination. In the end, it took the jury less than an hour to reach a not guilty verdict.
Joining the Eyewitness Morning News, is one of the reporters who broke the story of Jim Garrison's investigation, Rosemary James. James was with the States Item Newspaper at the time, and later covered the trial as a reporter for Channel 4, WWL-TV.
There will be much more on the Clay Shaw trial, and the local connections to the JFK case, Friday night in a half-hour special, JFK: 50 Years, at 9:00 p.m. on WUPL-54, Cox channel 2, and Charter 16.