Doctors May Make Call on Killen

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A trial judge Thursday told attorneys to confer with Edgar Ray Killen's doctors to determine if the reputed Klansman's broken legs will prevent him from standing trial in 1964 killings of three civil rights killings. Killen's trial is now scheduled for April 18.

Neshoba County District Attorney Mark Duncan and Killen's attorneys met privately with Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon at the Leake County Courthouse in Carthage. They were told to report back on March 25 after talking to the doctors.

Killen, an 80-year-old former lumber mill operator from Union, is accused of killing three civil rights workers in 1964 in rural Neshoba County. He underwent surgery this past week to repair broken legs suffered when a tree fell on him while he was cutting wood.

Officials at the University of Mississippi Medical Center have said Killen remains in good condition. Family members said he likely will undergo additional medical procedures on a hip.

Killen is accused of orchestrating the murders of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman in rural Neshoba County. A 1967 federal trial revealed that the killings were part of a Ku Klux Klan conspiracy.