Falling Tree Injures Accused Mississippi Klansman
No change in his ways: Edgar Ray Killen and Richard Barrett (of the white supremicist Nationalist Movement), getting on like peas in a pod in Neshoba County in 2004.
Is this karma? (Reuters).
A suspected Ku Klux Klansman who faces trial on murder charges next month for the notorious 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers is in serious condition in a Mississippi hospital after a falling tree crushed both his legs, officials said on Friday.
Edgar Killen, 80, was rushed to Rush Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi, on Thursday after the accident, Newton County Sheriff Jackie Knight said. He was transferred to University Medical Center in Jackson, the state capital, where he was scheduled for surgery on Friday.
An avid woodsman and ordained Baptist minister, Killen was arrested two months ago in connection with the murders of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney, who were shot on a remote road outside this town 41 years ago.
… Prosecutors say Killen was the mastermind of a Klan plot to abduct and kill the civil rights workers on June 21, 1964, shortly after they were released from the local jail where they had been held on charges of speeding and arson.
Killen was among 18 men, including several known Klansmen, who were tried for federal civil rights violations in 1967. Seven were convicted and sentenced to prison terms of between three and 10 years. Killen’s trial ended in a hung jury.