McIntyre: No Delays in Killen Trial

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The attorney for Edgar Ray Killen says it appears there will be no more delays in the trial of the 80-year-old reputed Ku Klux Klansman. Killen is charged with murdering three civil rights workers more than four decades ago.

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.

Killen's trial is scheduled for June 13 in Philadelphia, Miss. Defense attorney James McIntyre says it will be up to doctors whether Killen will report to trial in his wheelchair. A hearing is scheduled for Monday on motions in the case.

Earlier, McIntyre had raised questions about how much Killen could assist his own defense. McIntyre now says he has no plans to challenge Killen's competency.

Killen has repeatedly said he's innocent of state charges that he was involved in orchestrating the June 21, 1964, killings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman.

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