Killen will not attend bond hearing, officials say

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - Edgar Ray Killen will be unable to attend Friday's hearing where a judge will decide whether to free him on an appeal bond.

Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon confirmed Tuesday that the one-time Ku Klux Klan leader has an I-V drip in his arm that would require an ambulance to transport him to Philadelphia.

Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said Killen received a round of antibiotics recently at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and is continuing those. The Mississippi Department of Corrections will not provide an ambulance for Killen.

The attorney for a one-time Klansman who's serving jail time for his role in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers says that if Killen is granted bond, declining health likely will keep him at home until he dies.

The lawyers for the 81-year-old will ask Gordon in Philadelphia on Friday to grant their client bond while he appeals his June 21st, 2005 conviction on three counts of manslaughter.

Killen was convicted of orchestrating the Neshoba County killings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman. The conviction came 41 years to the day after the three workers were slain.

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