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KKK leader convicted for deaths of civil rights workers

A jury in Mississippi convicted Edgar Ray Killen, a Ku Klux Klan leader, on Tuesday for the deaths of three civil rights workers in Choctaw territory.

Killen, 80, was found guilty of manslaughter for the deaths of the workers 41 years ago on June 21, 1964. He could have been found guilty of murder but jurors said there wasn't enough evidence.

Andrew Goodman, 20, Michael Schwerner, 24, and James Earl Chaney, 21 were killed in Philadelphia, home to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

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Ex-Klan Leader Convicted In '64 Case (The Washington Post 6/22)
In a Mississippi Town, A Late Summer (The Washington Post 6/22)
Former Klansman Guilty of Manslaughter in 1964 Deaths (The New York Times 6/22)

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