Edgar Ray Killen suffered very serious injuries Thursday in a tree cutting accident, according to family members and other sources.
The 80-year-old was taken to Rush Hospital in Meridian, with broken legs and a broken pelvis after a tree struck him earlier Thursday.
His brother said he underwent surgery at Rush and Killen was later taken to University Medical Center in Jackson.
Killen is awaiting trial for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County. He has been out on bond since shortly after his indictment and arrest.
He's accused of orchestrating the murders of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman. A 1967 federal trial ended in a hung jury. His murder trial is scheduled for Apr. 18.