Despite his 22 years in LaGrange, Ga., Louis Dekmar had not heard of Austin Callaway — but some members of his community knew Callaway's story well.
Callaway, a 16-year-old African-American in police custody, was abducted at gunpoint by a mob. Hours later, Callaway was discovered with five bullet wounds in his head. He died shortly afterward in the hospital.
The police department did not pursue an investigation into the lynching. A grand jury's only comment on it was to recommend better jail cell locks.