Judge denies appeal bond in Miss. civil-rights slaying case

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - A judge today denied Edgar Ray Killen's request to get out of prison while he appeals his conviction for the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers.

Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon made that ruling during a hearing at the Neshoba County Courthouse after attorneys for Killen claimed that if their client was granted bond, declining health would likely have kept the 81-year-old confined to his home in Union.

Killen did not attend the hearing. He has an intravenous drip in his arm and that would have required an ambulance to transport him to the courthouse in Philadelphia.

The Corrections Department said earlier this week it would not provide an ambulance for the trip. Killen is serving a 60-year sentence for his role in the 1964 killings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman in rural Neshoba County.

Gordon was asked to grant the bond while Killen appeals his June 21st, 2005, conviction on three counts of manslaughter. The conviction came 41 years to the day after the murders.

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