Attorney General tries to get Killen back to jail - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Attorney General tries to get Killen back to jail

Attorney General Jim Hood is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court for oral arguments to rescind Edgar Ray Killen's appeal bond.

His filings detail the 80-year-old former Klansman's four felonies and a list of threats attributed to him.

Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon granted a 600-thousand-dollar appeal bond for Killen, allowing him to be free while appealing his manslaughter convictions for masterminding the 1964 slayings of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman.

Earlier this summer, Killen was sentenced to 60 years in prison for his role in the killings.

Hood's filings, made public yesterday, include paperwork on Killen's conviction for making a threat over the telephone and a letter from Schwerner's widow, Rita Bender, that Killen should remain behind bars.

Defense attorneys say Killen poses no threat because he remains in a wheelchair and is recovering from a March tree-cutting accident in which he broke both legs.

Defense attorney James McIntyre says he planned to file a response with the court. The deadline for all briefs is August 30th.

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