New Trial Sought For SC Boy, 14, Executed In 1944 - WSPA.com

New Trial Sought For SC Boy, 14, Executed In 1944

Posted: Updated:
An undated photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History shows 14-year-old George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina. Sixty-five years later, a community activist is fighting to clear Stinney's name An undated photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History shows 14-year-old George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina. Sixty-five years later, a community activist is fighting to clear Stinney's name
Supporters of a 14-year-old South Carolina boy put to death in the electric chair in 1944 for killing two girls are asking a judge to grant him a new trial.

The family of George Stinney hopes the court hearing will show he is innocent.

The motion says Stinney was convicted on a shaky confession in a segregated society that wanted revenge on a black boy accused of beating to death two white girls, ages 11 and 7 in Clarendon County.

The request includes sworn statements from two of Stinney's siblings, saying he was around them all day the girls were killed.

Stinney was executed 84 days after the girls disappeared.

Records of Stinney's confession and other evidence from the trial have disappeared.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Union Police Searching For Missing Man

    Union Police Searching For Missing Man

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:52:04 GMT
    Albert Dunn, Jr., 62, is described as a black male standing around 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
    Albert Dunn, Jr., 62, is described as a black male standing around 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
  • Greenville Worker, Mower Fall Into Reedy River

    Greenville Worker, Mower Fall Into Reedy River

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:32:22 GMT
    According to our crew at the scene, the worker was mowing grass off Woodland Way near the horse stables and Cleveland Park when the mower slipped down a steep embankment into the Reedy River.
    According to our crew at the scene, the worker was mowing grass off Woodland Way near the horse stables and Cleveland Park when the mower slipped down a steep embankment into the Reedy River.
  • Police: Grass Stolen From Woman's Yard

    Police: Grass Stolen From Woman's Yard

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:43:26 GMT
    When asked if she knew who had stolen the sod, the woman stated it was "someone with small feet" due to the footprints in the dirt.When asked if she knew who had stolen the sod, the woman stated it was "someone with small feet" due to the footprints in the dirt.
    The City of Spartanburg Police Department released a report stating a woman had grass stolen from her front yard.
    The City of Spartanburg Police Department released a report stating a woman had grass stolen from her front yard.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.