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    Post Former Klansman hospitalized in Miss.




    AP Photo/Commercial Appeal, Jeff McAdory
    Edgar Ray Killen is wheeled out of the Neshoba County Courthouse in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, June 16, 2005, to an waiting ambulance after suffering shortness of breath and high blood pressure.





    Former Klansman hospitalized in Miss.



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    This story was published Thursday, June 16th, 2005

    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press Writer

    PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - An 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman was taken from court on a stretcher and hospitalized with high blood pressure Thursday, the opening day of testimony at his murder trial in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers.

    Edgar Ray Killen was taken away in an ambulance just before the widow of one of the victims led the jury through the events that sent her husband to Mississippi during the "Freedom Summer" of 1964. A few in the courtroom wiped away tears during the testimony.

    Rita Schwerner Bender, 63, recalled the moment she learned that authorities had found the blue station wagon that her husband, Michael Schwerner, and the two other men were in when they disappeared. The burned car was abandoned in a swamp.

    "I think it hit me for the first time that they were dead, that there was really no realistic possibility that they were alive," the Seattle woman said, occasionally looking as though she was fighting back tears.

    The trial later went into recess until at least Friday, depending on Killen's ability to attend.

    The part-time preacher and sawmill operator has been attending court in a wheelchair while he recovers from broken legs suffered in a woodcutting accident. A nurse sits nearby in court.

    Dr. Patrick Eakes, director of the intensive care unit at Neshoba County General hospital, described Killen as "alert and pleasant" but said he would remain there overnight. He said Killen arrived at the hospital with elevated blood pressure and complained of a headache and discomfort in his chest. Eakes said Killen would be examined early Friday to see if he could be released.

    Killen is on trial in the killings of James Chaney, a black Mississippian, and Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, white New Yorkers, who were in the town to investigate the burning of a black church. They were stopped for speeding, jailed for a few hours, then released, after which they were ambushed by a gang of Klansmen.

    Attorney General Jim Hood said prosecutors intend to prove that Killen planned the murders and helped round up Klansmen to chase down and kill the three.

    They were then beaten and shot to death, and their bodies were found 44 days later buried in an earthen dam.

    Rita and Michael Schwerner had been married just over a year and a half when they moved from New York to Mississippi in January 1964 to work in the civil rights movement. They lived in the homes of several black families in Meridian, moving frequently because the families were threatened.

    Killen's name has been associated with the slayings from the outset, and he stood trial on federal charges in 1967, but the all-white jury could not reach a verdict. One juror reportedly said she could not convict a preacher.

    Killen could get life in prison if convicted in the state trial.

    The defense does not dispute that Killen was a member of the Klan at the time of the slayings, but denies he had anything to do with the attack.

    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/24hour/nation/v-special/story/2487879p-10825885c.html

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    Post Re: Former Klansman hospitalized in Miss.

    I'm not sure that "white New Yorkers" is the appropriate term for the two agitators who met their doom in Mississippi, if you know what I mean.

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    Post Re: Former Klansman hospitalized in Miss.

    Of course they are only going by testimonials instead of evidence.

    How can they prove anything when there is no sort of physical proof that he even had a hand in this act?

    The judicial system just bewilders me with its corruptness.

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    Post Re: Former Klansman hospitalized in Miss.

    When I first read about this trial several days ago, I thought it was rediculous that they were bringing it up after all this time. The guy is 80 and close to death. They are only doing this to make a statement. People need to stop living in the past and get on with their lives. Like this other story:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8206697/
    The Senate is apologizing for all the lynchings and their neglect to stop them at the time. Maybe if blacks in America would stop living in the past, they could actually make something of their future.
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    Post Re: Former Klansman hospitalized in Miss.

    Exactly. What's done is done. What happened in the past, happened in the past.

    The blacks just need to stop pissing and moaning and find something else to do instead of attacking the government for empty apologies.

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    Post Ex-Klansman Convicted of Manslaughter

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    Ex-Klansman Convicted of Manslaughter
    Trial Reopened Infamous Chapter of Civil Rights Era
    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, AP

    PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (June 21) - An 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman was convicted of manslaughter Tuesday in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers - exactly 41 years after they disappeared.


    Killen showed no emotion as the verdict was read. He was comforted by his wife as he said in his wheelchair. He was wearing an oxygen tube. Heavily armed police a barrier outside a side door to the courthouse and jurors were loaded into two waiting vans and driven away.

    On Monday, jurors said they were split 6-6 on whether Killen was responsible for the three slayings.

    After a few hours of work, panelists ended deliberations on Monday evenly divided on the fate of Killen, the sawmill operator, part-time preacher - and, prosecutors say, Klan organizer.

    The judge told jurors to resume deliberations Tuesday - 41 years to the day after the trio disappeared, bringing national attention to the state's Jim Crow code of segregation in the South and helping spur passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


    During closing arguments, prosecutors made an impassioned plea for a conviction, saying the victims' families have waited too long for someone to be brought to justice.

    Killen could get up to 20 years on each of the three manslaughter counts.





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    Post Re: Former Klansman hospitalized in Miss.

    Former Klansman given bail in civil rights case

    Killen granted $600,000 bond while appealing manslaughter convictions


    PHILADELPHIA, Miss. - A judge granted Edgar Ray Killen a $600,000 bond on Friday so the one-time Klansman can be released from prison while he appeals his manslaughter convictions in the killings of three civil rights workers.
    Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon said he was convinced by testimony that Killen, who is 80 and uses a wheelchair, was neither a flight risk nor danger to the community.


    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8926649/
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    Smile Let's Remember Mr. Killen from better times.


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    Post Re: Former Klansman hospitalized in Miss.

    Nothing sickens me more than to see my own country agitate a respectable American Citizen. Leave the man alone.
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