Lampton, prosecutor in civil-rights cases, dies

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Dunn Lampton, a former U.S. attorney in Mississippi who prosecuted a high-profile cold case from the civil rights era, has died.

He was 60.

Among Dunn’s best known cases was the prosecution of James Ford Seale, a reputed Ku Klux Klansman who died in prison earlier this month. Seale was convicted in 2007 of two counts of kidnapping and one of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the 1964 deaths of Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore, both 19.

Former acting U.S. Attorney Donald Burkhalter, one of the attorneys who served after Lampton’s 2009 retirement, says Lampton died Wednesday evening.

The cause of death was not immediately released, but Lampton had been in poor health.