A reputed Klansman convicted of orchestrating the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers claimed he was in constant pain after March tree-cutting accident and was confined to a wheelchair, not even able to raise hit right hand to be sworn in. Edgar Ray Killen is back in prison after a judge concluded Killen was far healthier than his prior testimony suggested.
After being released on a $600,000 bond pending his appeal on his manslaughter conviction in the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers, Edgar Ray Killen was seen walking without his wheelchair. The Klansman testified from his wheelchair at his appeal bond hearing about the pain he was enduring in prison because of his injuries from a March tree-cutting accident in which both his legs were broken.
Journalist Jeffrey Goldberg has interviewed terrorists from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and al-Qaida, but he wasn’t prepared for what happened to him when he encountered Klansman Edgar Ray Killen about four years ago.
On June 21, the 41st anniversary of the Klan’s killings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, a Neshoba County jury found Killen guilty of manslaughter. Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon later sentenced him to 60 years. What jurors in the Edgar Ray Killen trial didn’t hear could have prompted at least some of them to vote Killen guilty of murder.
The work of world-renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden and Mississippi state forensic pathologist Dr. Steven Hayne has revealed other triggermen may have been involved in the June 21, 1964, killings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman.
The 80-year-old sawmill operator and part-time preacher, wearing an oxygen tube, showed no reaction as the verdict was read at 11:25 a.m., convicting him in the June 21, 1964, killings of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman.