Edgar Ray Killen's bond revoked by judge

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - A Neshoba County judge has revoked the bond of former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen.

Killen was convicted of manslaughter in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers, but to the dismay of prosecutors, Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon released Killen on a 600-thousand dollar bond during an August 12th appeal bond hearing.

During that hearing, the 80-year-old Union sawmill owner testified from his wheelchair that he was enduring serious pain in prison because of injuries from a March tree-cutting accident.

District Attorney Mark Duncan asked Gordon Friday to revoke Killen's bond, saying Killen "apparently misrepresented his physical condition to the court." A sheriff's deputy claimed to have seen Killen last week walking unaided at a gas station in Philadelphia.

A Neshoba County jury convicted Killen in June of orchestrating the June 21st, 1964, killings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman.

Killen was sentenced to three consecutive 20-year terms.

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