fbi_hat_lg.gifNEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The FBI is wrapping up the Civil Rights Cold Case Initiative, which focuses on racially motivated killings from the civil rights era.

The agency said on Tuesday that about half of the 108 cases it began investigating in 2006 involved deceased victims, while 30 percent involved subjects who had already been prosecuted at the state level and 20 percent uncovered deaths that weren't racially motivated.

Three cold case investigations were referred for state prosecution, and the FBI is currently assisting in the prosecution of a former state trooper.

The Department of Justice has closed eight cases, and will be closing an additional 18 as soon as the families of the victims have been notified.