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New Trial Sought for Black SC Boy, 14, Executed in Electric Chair in 1944

Attempting to Correct an Alleged Outrageous Historical Injustice

by Jeffrey Collins
Associated Press

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    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, saying the young black boy couldn't have killed two white girls. George Frierson, a 56-year-old school board member and textile inspector, believes Stinney's confession was coerced, and that his execution was just another injustice blacks suffered in Southern courtrooms in the first half of the 1900s. Photo/South Carolina Department of Archives and History (AP Photo)

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — 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.


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