Killen asks appeal bond be reinstated

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - Edgar Ray Killen says his health has deteriorated and he wants out of jail while he appeals his conviction for killing three civil rights workers in 1964.

Killen filed the motion in Neshoba County Circuit Court earlier this month asking that his original appeal bond be reinstated.

The 81-year-old Killen was convicted in 2005 in the deaths of three young men who were registering blacks to vote. He is serving a 60-year sentence.

In the motion filed May 2nd, Killen claims his health had deteriorated dramatically since his incarceration at a prison in Rankin County.

Prosecutors, in objecting to the motion, say no affidavits had been filed by anyone qualified to make a determination in regards to Killen's current health condition.

No hearing date on the motion his been set.

Killen was hospitalized for several days in the University of Mississippi Medical Center in April for complications from a severe leg injury he sustained in a logging accident in 2005.

Killen was first granted an appeal bond after he was convicted of three counts of manslaughter for his role in the murders.

That bond was later revoked after the court ruled that Killen's medical condition was not as extreme as it was earlier believed.

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