The FBI is investigating an elderly Georgia man in connection with a brutal lynching that took place nearly 70 years ago.
Charlie Peppers, now 86, told the Guardian that authorities questioned him about his role in the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching of 1946.
The notorious lynching, in which four African-American were tied up and shot 60 times by an angry mob, has gone unsolved for decades.
Peppers denies any involvement in the brutal slayings.
“Back when all that happened, I didn’t even know where Moore’s Ford was,” he told the British newspaper. “The blacks are blaming people that didn’t even know what happened back then.”
He is apparently one of a number of men in their 80s and 90s named in connection with the incident on a list given to the U.S. Department of Justice by civil rights activists.
Peppers was accused by his nephew, 57-year-old Wayne Watson, who claimed in 2013 that his uncle and several other men had openly discussed the killings.
“All through my life, I heard them talk about the Moore’s Ford and the lynching,” Watson said in a taped interview with the then NAACP president, Benjamin Jealous. “I’m tired of it, when you go through life and you’re living with lies.”
The Ku Klux Klan is said to have orchestrated the killings.