Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Man convicted in slayings of 3 civil rights workers dies in prison

Man convicted in slayings of 3 civil rights workers dies in prison

A KKK member responsible for the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers in MS has died while serving a 60-year-sentence for manslaughter, the Clarion Ledger reports.

Killen, who would have turned 93 on January 17, was pronounced dead Thursday night at the hospital of the Mississippi State Penitentiary, the department said. In 2005, he was convicted of manslaughter for the 1964 deaths of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman outside Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Killen would have turned 93 on January 17.

No cause of death was given, prison officials said. Foul play was not suspected in the former Ku Klux Klan leader's death.

The case galvanised public opinion against segregation and helped lead to the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

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Michael Schwerner, 24, of New York, James Chaney, 21, from MS, and Andrew Goodman, 20, were abducted, killed and buried in an earthen dam in rural Neshoba County.

After their release from the county jail in Philadelphia, a Ku Klux Klan mob tailed their auto, forced it off the road and shot them to death. Their bodies were found buried in a dam in rural Neshoba County. He was sentenced two days later, and the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the convictions in 2007, WAPT reported. None served more than six years in prison. It was not until 2005 that Killen was charged with murder by a grand jury after new information related the case emerged.

"It has been a thorough and complete investigation", Hood said.

"It's the last Klansman in all these Civil Rights cold cases in MS to be alive".

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