Saturday, November 16, 2013

Advocates push for retrial to clear name of 14-year-old ’killer’ executed in 1944

Advocates push for retrial to clear name of 14-year-old ’killer’ executed in 1944

Nearly 70 years after the execution of 14-year-old George Junius Stinney Jr. for the killing of two white girls, advocates have taken the unprecedented step of asking a South Carolina court to grant a new trial to clear his name.

The request for a new trial is the culmination of a lengthy investigation, started years ago by local historian George Frierson, whose work brought attention to what he calls the barbaric death of a child. They sat him on a book to prop him up high enough to take his life.



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