Delay was driving his car across the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway Bridge, when – as if by magic – a police car slid in behind his vehicle. Delay didn’t think anything of it until he noticed lights flashing in his rearview mirror. Out of options, Delay pulled over and stopped. New Orleans police officers approached Delay’s car with drawn weapons. Searching Delay’s car, police found three loaded weapons, a map of New Orleans and written directions to the home of the director of the Anti-Defamation League. In the trunk of the car, they discovered a bundle of dynamite with a timer and a detonator.
Delay was arrested and booked. Once more, Delay lawyered up. At his arraignment he was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. It was a federal charge. When the trial took place in federal court, the jury acquitted Delay of conspiracy to commit murder. It is interesting to note that the jury was composed of 10 white men and two white women. After the trial, jurors told newspaper reporters that the evidence against Delay was remote and inconclusive. And once again it looked like Delay had gotten off.
But not so fast this time. The State of Louisiana charged Delay with transporting explosives without a permit. Which meant Delay underwent another trial in a state court. This time Delay lost. The verdict was guilty and he was sentenced to three years in a Louisiana State Prison. Delay described the five people on the jury as “five n***** bitches.”
They shipped Delay off to Angola Prison, where he served his time in solitary confinement from May 1977 to January 1980. He was placed in solitary confinement for a couple of reasons. First, many of the black inmates would have enjoyed avenging Medgar Evers. Second, Delay’s constant racial slurs would have gotten him killed in no time. For he called blacks “apes” and “beasts of the fields.” While there, Delay became ill and spent a few days in the prison infirmary, where a nurse’s aide, who just happened to be black, tried to provide Delay with treatment. Delay refused to allow the aide to touch him. According to The New York Times, Delay told the aide “If I could get rid of an uppity” Medgar Evers, it would be no problem at all to get rid of “a no-account” aide.
After his release from prison, Delay went home to Greenwood, Mississippi, where he got a job selling fertilizer. Delay continued to attend KKK rallies and also became active in the church of Christian Identity, which held frequent gatherings throughout the South. It was at one of these gatherings that Delay met Richard Kelly Hoskins. Hoskins, of course, was the author of Vigilantes of Christendom: The Story of the Phineas Priesthood.