Judge Gordon Hospitalized

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The judge who presided at the arraignment of Edgar Ray Killen, 79, in the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers was hospitalized over the weekend.

Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon was taken by ambulance to Saint Dominic Hospital in Jackson from his home in Union on Saturday after complaining of nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.

Gordon told The Neshoba Democrat weekly newspaper on Monday that he was feeling better.

Gordon said he doesn't expect his illness to delay a Wednesday bond hearing for Killen, who was indicted by a Neshoba County grand jury on Thursday in the murders of Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney. The three were in Philadelphia for the 1964 Freedom Summer voter registration drive.