Officer Federally Charged For Planting Evidence. Re: Willie Bingham, Jr.

After two trials for manslaughter where juries hung, now retired deputy Walter Grant is not being tried by the state for killing Willie Bingham, Jr. but rather, by the federal government for planting evidence as an excuse for killing him.

It happened in Bolivar County, Mississippi, in 2013.

Deputy Walter Grant shot 20-year-old Willie Bingham Jr. in the back of the head.

Willie Bingham, Jr.

Willie was suspected of breaking into cars parked outside of an auto parts plant.  Grant and other officers pursued a car carrying Willie and others.  The car stopped, and Willie allegedly jumped out and ran into a cotton field.  Grant caught up with Willie and shot him in the back of the head.

Grant told investigators that he thought Willie had a gun.  No gun was found.  What was found was a baton, and allegations that Grant planted it.

In 2015, Grant was indicted on state manslaughter charges.  His first trial ended with a hung jury.  He was retried, and that jury also hung.  After the trials, Grant retired.

State court records show that in 2016, the judge remanded the case to Jim Hood, the State Attorney General.

The family has filed a civil lawsuit accusing Grant of planting the baton. A response by the Bolivar County sheriff’s office later said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the attorney general’s office, while investigating the shooting,  concluded Grant planted the baton.

Deputy Walter Grant

On October 25, 2017, the DOJ announced that an indictment was unsealed against Grant.  The indictment charges Grant, who is 51-years old, with planting evidence at a crime scene to justify a fatal shooting, to mislead investigators into believing that Willie Bingham, Jr. possessed a weapon.

If convicted of the federal charge, Grant faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  He has pleaded not guilty and is out on $10,000 bail.

The Mississippi NAACP, among others, called for Grant’s prosecution in the case. The New York Post reports:

“We’re just happy to know that the FBI picked up the case and we hope that justice is served,” interim state NAACP president Charles Hampton said Wednesday. “In law enforcement, whether they’re black or white, we’ve got to make sure they stop shooting our young men.”

Both Willie Bingham, Jr.  and Walter Grant are Black.

Posted on 11/03/2017, in Cases, Willie Bingham Jr. and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Good and I pray that he rots in the jail, around the jail, and under it also. Do the crime do the time police or not!

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    • Ladylove,
      I would have liked to have found information on Grant’s two previous trials to see if there is anything said as to why the juries failed to convict him. The federal charge sounds like a slam-dunk, but we never know if the case goes to jury trial what the jurors will decide.

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      • Very true these jurors must be blind, because I can’t understand what they hear, see, and think. Most of the police whom have gotten off should have been convicted. See they must start sending the message that police officers work within the law not above it.

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  2. yahtzeebutterfly

    I do find it odd that a person, trying to escape from a car and run through a cotton field, would choose to carry a baton. What good would a baton do? It would only slow you down. I mean, was he whacking his way through the cotton field with the baton???

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    • Well Yahtzee, it’s like this …

      Grant had to come up with some excuse, so he claimed that he thought Willie had a gun. It’s kinda like the story that Michael Dunn gave; that he thought he saw a shotgun or a stick. (See, those excuses are never original.) And of course, if a suspect is running with a weapon, they can turn around at anytime and use the weapon. That justifies shooting in the back or the back of the head. It’s the Michael Slater excuse — Walter Scott purportedly had his tazer and could take cover by a tree and use it if Slater got within range.

      So, since Grant could not plant a gun, he planted a baton and said he thought it was a gun. He got away with that story, beating the manslaughter case twice with hung juries.

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  3. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  4. Dear Xena,

    By now, for everyone of these unjustified shootings of an unarmed suspect of color by police, we can recite the script by police criminals along the lines, it looked like he had a weapon, he was reaching for something, he looked menacing, I was in fear for my life, he was acting like he was under the influence, he wasn’t listening to commands.

    What is disheartening is that police are rarely found guilty by a local jury despite evidence, videos, etc.

    The Feds or an independent prosecutor need to take over these cases.

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    • Gronda,
      Oh yes, we know the excuses and justifications. They must have a playbook to rehearse them.

      The feds have limited jurisdiction so they will not investigate all cases. In the alternative, we need well-informed jurors who will not decide cases based on their presumptions of whether or not the victim deserved death — or that their lives meant nothing.

      Jury instructions should be changed because in these cases, they are not deciding beyond a reasonable doubt whether an officer killed. What they are really deciding is whether the officer abused his/her discretion when using deadly force.

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  5. To former Deputy Walter Grant: HOW DARE YOU!!! 20 years is not hardly enough for what you have done. I hope you hear the voice of Willie Bingham, Jr. everyday in your mind…. I hope his spirit rents space in that evil mind of yours at least until you are convicted of murdering him!

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  6. What is it going to take to start convicting LEOs for murdering people?

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    • Mindyme,
      Better informed juries. Non-prejudicial jurors. Shorter trial days. Imagine having to spend 8 hours sitting in a box listening to people talk. College lectures aren’t that long.

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  7. These police are soulless, you have taken a life even if it was by accident you are wrong. The right thing to do is to apologize, tell the truth and accept your punishment. He bringing more pain to the family by planting evidence, lying and going to trial. God or Karma we will see who gets him first.

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    • The Wright Info,
      Yes. When there is no repentance, eventually the tree bears fruit and people reap what they sow.

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  8. Can you imagine the good will it would begin to create between Law Enforcement and the communities if officers were held to the same rules of law that the rest of us are held to? If like you said, they would just step up, own, admit and apologize for what they’ve done when they take a life. To show remorse and empathy for those who love the deceased.

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  9. He deserved it 🙂

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