Security was doubled on this day compared to last Friday when Edgar Ray Killen, 79, first appeared in Neshoba County Circuit Court. On Wednesday, he informed Judge Marcus Gordon that he has an attorney and thus, bond for him was set at $250,000. This is a move which Killen's attorney, Mitch Moran of Carthage, says was only fair.
"The man is certainly not a flight risk. He's certainly not a danger to the community. He has lived in this community 40 years since this alleged act happened and has not committed an infraction and it would've been an injustice not to give it," said Moran.
Killen posted bond around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.
"We had two people who put up their property, which together was valued at more than $250,000," said Neshoba County Sheriff Larry Myers.
Meanwhile, with a trial date set for March 28 in Neshoba County Circuit Court, Killen's attorney says he may solicit additional attorneys to help work on the case. As for whether or not he'll be ready for trial, "I have not seen a discovery at this point," said Moran. "I've heard that it's very intensive, 44,000 documents to go over, and of course, until later it would be pretty hard to comment on this."
As for the trial, here's what one of Killen's relatives has to say.
"There's a lot of people that believe he is guilty before he goes to trial," said Killen's stepdaughter, Carol Ann Edwards. "As far as I'm concerned, there's no man finer than he is."
Here's an interesting fact that you might want to know. On Saturday Killen's wife will celebrate a birthday that she shares with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Not only that, but on Monday, which is the official King holiday, Killen himself will turn 80.
The stipulations of Killen's bond require him to call in to the Neshoba County Sheriff's Department every Monday at 9:00 a.m. to update officials on his whereabouts. If he fails to do this or commits a crime during that time, his bond will be revoked and he'll be taken back into custody.
As it stands, the trial is set for Mar. 28, 2005, at 9:00 a.m. in Neshoba County Circuit Court.