Killen Back at Home

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A reputed Klansman accused in the murders of three civil rights workers has been able to leave the hospital where he has been recovering from leg injuries, officials and his family confirm.

Edgar Ray Killen, indicted in January on three counts of murder, is accused of orchestrating the 1964 killings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman. Killen has said he had nothing to do with the deaths.

A tree fell on the 80-year-old while he was cutting wood March 10 near his Union, Miss., home. The impact knocked him out and shattered the bones in both of his thighs.

Killen underwent surgery following the accident and had been hospitalized since that time, a major factor in a judge's decision to delay his trial from April 18 to June 13.

Killen's brother, Jerry Killen, tells The Associated Press that Edgar Ray had been released from a Union hospital in recent days. He says Killen is not able to get around on his own and was moved around in a wheel chair and transported by van.

District attorney Mark Duncan, however, says sheriff's investigators reported that Killen only left the hospital on Monday to visit with his wife, who is receiving cancer treatment at a hospital in nearby Meridian. Duncan says Killen then returned to his own room at Laird Hospital in Union.