Killen Lawyers Pursue Delay

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Attorneys for Edgar Ray Killen have filed a motion seeking another delay in the reputed Ku Klux Klansman's murder trial.

Killen is charged with the 1964 murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba County. He's scheduled to stand trial on June 13.

Killen continues to recover from a March 10 accident that has confined him to a wheelchair. The part-time preacher and sawmill operator from Union shattered both of his legs when a tree fell on him. He was hospitalized for a month.

A motion filed Friday claims Killen also suffers from osteoarthritis in his knees and back. Defense attorneys say Killen is unable to sit in one position for prolonged periods of time.

The latest motion asks that the trial be continued until Killen is no longer immobile and able to assist his attorneys in his defense.