Killen Back Behind Bars

By: Davis Brister
By: Davis Brister

Here today, gone tomorrow. Just one month after Neshoba County Judge Marcus Gordon released Edgar Ray Killen on $600,000 bond, he sent him back to jail.

"Any person who comes in there and places himself before the court in a truthful manner receives justice, but when you come in there and submit false testimony, the courts can't stand for that," said Gordon.

The state called several witnesses who testified they'd seen Killen driving in and around his hometown of Union and in Philadelphia.

Connie Hampton, a Winston County sheriff's deputy, testified he saw Killen walking last week at this gas station in Philadelphia. He first relayed the story to Jerry Mitchell of the Clarion Ledger newspaper.

"I was able to able to make contact with him and he said 'yes, it's true'," said Mitchell.

At his original bond hearing, Killen himself testified he was permanently confined to a wheelchair and was suffering staying in jail. He was granted bond partially because of that testimony.

Neshoba County district attorney Mark Duncan had his suspicions then and says they were proven Friday.

"The court didn't have the true facts that it needed to reach a decision and I think now that the judge knew the true condition of Mr. Killen, he was justified in what he did," said district attorney Mark Duncan.

So it's back to prison in Rankin County for Killen, who spent less than a month at home. He'll continue serving his 60-year sentence in a case that doesn't know when to end.

Killen was found guilty in June of the 1964 deaths of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney. His case is still early in the appeals process.


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