Edgar Ray Killen allowed to attend brother's funeral - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Edgar Ray Killen allowed to attend brother's funeral

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - The man serving a 60-year-sentence for his role in the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County was allowed out of prison this past weekend to attend funeral services for one of his brothers.

The 82-year-old Edgar Ray Killen was transported Saturday from the state prison in Rankin County to Philadelphia, Mississippi to attend visitation for his brother, Jerry Killen. 

Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon signed an order allowing Killen to visit two hours before and two hours after the service.

Killen was turned over to the custody of sheriff's deputies and the Department of Corrections.

Sheriff Larry Myers said Killen was taken back to the Rankin prison Saturday afternoon.

Killen was convicted on three counts of manslaughter in 2005, for his role in the slaying of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. The conviction came on the 41st anniversary of the murders.

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