CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. April 28, 2010: The killer of black hero, Malcolm X, who was born to a Grenadian mother in Omaha, Nebraska, has been released.
Thomas Hagan, 69, now known as Mujahid Halim, was yesterday freed on parole from the Lincoln Correctional Facility. His release comes following 16 previous parole rejections.
But Hagan was cleared for freedom on March 3rd. He is now under supervision of the state Division of Parole.
Hagan murdered Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little to Louise Langdon Norton and Earl Little, with shotgun blast as he spoke on February 21, 1965, in Manhattan`s Audubon Ballroom.
Malcolm X was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m., shortly after he arrived at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
Hagan was a one-time militant member of the Nation of Islam, admitted his role in the killing during his 1966 trial. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Two other men – Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson, also members of the Nation, were convicted with him in the killing but were paroled more than two decades ago. Butler, now known as Muhammad Abdul Aziz, was paroled in 1985. He became the head of the Nation of Islam`s Harlem mosque in New York in 1998. He continues to maintain his innocence.
Johnson, now known as Khalil Islam, was released from prison in 1987. During his time in prison, he rejected the teachings of the Nation of Islam and converted to Sunni Islam. He, too, maintains his innocence.