March 17, 1998: U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour Jr. opens most of Sovereignty Commission files
May 28, 1998: Sam Bowers, Deavours Nix, and Charles Noble are arrested in connection with 1966 slaying of NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer
July 31, 1998: Grand jury indicts five men in connection with 1970 killing of sharecropper Rainey Pool
August 21, 1998: Forrest County jury convicts Sam Bowers of 1966 murder of Vernon Dahmer
Bowers is sentenced to life in prison.