Man who killed Malcolm X free after 44 years
April 28, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Thomas Hagan, who pleaded guilty and the only man to admit his role in the assassination of iconic black Muslim leader Malcolm X, has been released on parole, CNN reports. Malcolm X was shot dead on February 21st, 1965 at the Audubon Ballroom, where he was giving a speech. Thomas Hagan, 69, also known as Talmadge Hayer, was a member of the militant Nation of Islam movement. He along with two other men, Muhammad Abdul Aziz and Khalil Islam, were charged with murder, but only Hagan admitted at his trial that he was responsible.
Hagan, now 69 years old, was freed from the minimum-security Lincoln Correctional Facility located on Malcolm X Boulevard in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Tuesday morning, a day earlier than expected because his paperwork was processed quicker than anticipated.
Hagan has been on a full-time work-release program since 1992 that allowed him to live at home with his family and report to prison twice a week.
Hagan, who is still a Muslim but no longer belongs to the Nation of Islam, says he is sorry for his role in slaying X.