A Black family confronts a 70-year-old killing and a white man’s exoneration

Nichole Ulmer’s family had never talked about the 1948 killing of her cousin Rayfield Davis in her presence. It wasn’t until five years ago that CRRJ contacted Ulmer about the death of her cousin, who was black, and delivered a particularly unsettling bit of news: That a white man who confessed to killing Davis — according to news reports at the time — was still alive and still free.


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