Reputed Klansman Edgar Ray Killen will stand trial on Monday as scheduled for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers. However, a judge has made some accommodations to ease Killen's physical discomfort.
The part-time preacher from Union, Miss., broke his legs in March while cutting a tree. He did not attend the 25-minute hearing at the courthouse in Philadelphia.
Gordon will allow additional breaks in the trial so Killen, who suffers from osteoarthritis, can move around. Gordon said he would find a private room inside the courthouse where a bed could be brought in to allow Killen an opportunity to rest during the breaks. He also suggested Killen's attorneys rent a comfortable chair for the 80-year-old defendant.
Killen is charged with the 1964 murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were in Neshoba County, Mississippi, to help black citizens register to vote.