A reputed Ku Klux Klan leader indicted in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County will not face the death penalty.
Edgar Ray Killen, 79, was brought into court Friday on charges he organized one of the most heinous crimes of the civil rights era.
Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood said prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty in the 41-year-old crime without charging Killen with capital murder.
Capital murder in Mississippi is defined as murder committed along with the commission of another crime.
Meanwhile, Hood said the families of the victims deserve the prosecution of this case.