Former Ku Klux Klan member Edgar Ray Killen shoving a cameraman as he leaves the Neshoba County Courthouse on June 21, 2005, after being convicted of manslaughter in the slayings of three civil rights activists, 41 years to the day after the young men were killed in the US Deep South. Killen died in prison on Thursday aged 92. He was a Klansman who led a group of 15 men in the deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Shwerner.
Edgar Ray Killen, who would have turned 93 on January 17, was pronounced dead Thursday at the hospital at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at 9 p.m.
"It's the last Klansman in all these Civil Rights cold cases in MS to be alive".
The families of the three murdered men were presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom on their behalf in 2014. "The only person tried was Edgar Ray Killen, who wasn't even there", David Goodman said.
"Mississippi authorities reopened the case after finding out Sam Bowers said the main instigator had gotten away with murder and that was Edgar Ray Killen As we reported about that they reopened the case", according to Michell.
Killen's cause of death was not released, but officials say no foul play is suspected. Chaney, the only African American among them, had been badly beaten.
His first trial in 1967 ended in mistrial, but Killen was retried almost 40 years later after state authorities reopened the murder investigations, according to the Clarion Ledger. He was the only one of the culprits to be convicted of murder charges.
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