Killen appeal bond hearing set for July 12th

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - A July 12th hearing has been scheduled on Edgar Ray Killen's request to be freed on bond while he appeals his conviction for killing three civil rights workers. Killen filed the motion earlier this month in Neshoba County Circuit Court 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 in 1964.

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.

Killen was hospitalized for several days in April in a Jackson hospital 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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