New trial sought in case of teen executed in South Carolina in 1944

01/21/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

South Carolina – Attorneys are seeking a new trial in the case of a black South Carolina teenager who was accused of murdering two white girls in 1944. As reported by Reuters, lawyers seeking to clear the name of George Stinney Jr., 14, told a judge Tuesday that newly discovered evidence justifies reopening the case.

As noted in the report, Stinney is the youngest person to have been executed in the U.S. over the last century. He was accused of killing the girls, ages 7 and 11, in Alcolu, South Carolina. He was executed less than three months after their deaths following his conviction by an all-white jury in a one-day trial.

Circuit Court Judge Carmen T. Mullen stated on Tuesday that she would make a determination on whether Stinney was given a fair trial as opposed to his guilt or innocence.

Mullen is quoted as stating in court, “No one here can justify a child being tried, convicted and executed in 80 days… Not much was done for this child when his life lay in the balance.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – South Carolina Legal News

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