JACKSON, Miss. – Friday is a critical day for former Klansman Edgar Ray Killen. The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to hear his appeal in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers.
Killen is serving a 60 year prison sentence for the murders of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney. He was convicted of manslaughter 41 years after their deaths near Philadelphia, Miss., but claims he was denied his constitutional rights during his 2005 trial.
The justices could announce their decision shortly after their Friday conference.