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Trial date set for alleged Klansman charged in 1964 killing of civil rights workers

[JURIST] A Mississippi judge set bond at $250,000 Wednesday for Edgar Ray Killen [UKMC Law profile], an alleged former KKK member charged with the murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. The judge also ordered a March 28 trial date for 79-year-old Killen, who was arrested last week [JURIST report] on state charges, the first against anyone for the murders. In 1967, nineteen people, including Killen, were tried [UMKC Law backgrounder] on federal charges related to the murders. Only seven were convicted and served no more than six years. From Mississippi, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports that Killen was freed after posting bond. AP has more.

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