Attorney Ben Crump representing families of 3 men buried in a pauper’s grave. What they said

The mothers, aunts and sisters of three Mississippi men who were buried in unmarked graves without their families being notified are calling on officials for answers.

Marrio Moore, 40, Jonathan Hankins, 39, and Dexter Wade, 37, were buried in the Hinds County Pauper’s Field without their families’ knowledge. Each man was reported missing, but it took months — and for Hankins, over a year — for them to find out.

The families did not know what had happened until NBCNews.com reporters broke the news.

“People all across America are scratching their heads in disbelief about what’s happening in Jackson, Mississippi, with this paupers graveyard. It went from talking about the water to now we’re talking about the graveyard, what is going on in Jackson, Mississippi?” said national civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, referring to the water crisis the city experienced in 2022.

Attorney Ben Crump speaks about three men who were buried in the Hinds County Pauper's Field without their families' knowledge in Jackson seen on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Attorney Ben Crump speaks about three men who were buried in the Hinds County Pauper’s Field without their families’ knowledge in Jackson seen on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Crump, along with attorney Dennis Sweet, a Jackson native, are representing the families. A press conference was held at the Stronger Hope Baptist Church in Jackson on Wednesday where the families pleaded for city and county officials to explain why they weren’t notified. They also want to know why the deaths of each man weren’t properly investigated by the Jackson Police Department.

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A further report from NBC News provided a list of names of 215 people who were buried in the same pauper’s field where Moore, Hankins and Wade were. This may lead to even more families joining Crump and Sweet. Two more families who weren’t notified could also be

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Noted civil rights attorney Ben Crump now involved in case against JPD. See details

Benjamin Crump, seen here in this file photo from May 11, 2023, is calling for justice for the death of Dexter Wade, a Jackson man who was struck and killed by an off-duty Jackson police officer in March.

Benjamin Crump, seen here in this file photo from May 11, 2023, is calling for justice for the death of Dexter Wade, a Jackson man who was struck and killed by an off-duty Jackson police officer in March.

Notable civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who took on cases regarding the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, is now calling for justice for the family of Dexter Wade.

Wade, 37, was struck and killed by an off-duty Jackson police officer on March 5 while he was crossing the highway on I-55 South near McDowell Road. Wade’s mother, Bettersten Wade, filed a missing person’s report with the police department days later, but never heard anything. She wasn’t able to retrieve the body of her deceased son until early October — 172 days after reporting him missing — when finally being told the information. He had been buried in an unmarked grave at a Hinds County penal farm after his body went unclaimed.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba spoke on the matter at his “State of the City” address last week. The mayor said Bettersten was not contacted because “there was a lack of communication with the missing person’s division, the coroner’s office and accident investigation,” and called it “an unfortunate and tragic incident.”

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Crump held a news conference with Bettersten, her family and other attorney’s on Monday. He showed a report that said between March and July the coroner’s office called JPD seven times to see if they made contact with the next-of-kin, to which the police department responded no. Crump also said Bettersten had no record of JPD ever calling her.

“It is certainly suspicious…that they

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