JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court is upholding the conviction of 82-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen in the slaying of three civil rights workers in 1964.
Killen was convicted on three counts of manslaughter on June 21st, 2005 - exactly 41 years after Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman were killed. The three were helping blacks to register to vote in Neshoba County. Witnesses testified that Killen helped plan the slayings.
The young men's bodies were found two months later buried in an earthen dam. The case was depicted in the 1988 movie, "Mississippi Burning."
He was sentenced to three consecutive 60-year prison terms.