Ex-Klansman Guilty in '64 Teen Murders

Convicted of kidnapping, 71-year-old faces life in prison
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2007 7:46 AM CDT
Thomas Moore, second from left, the older brother of victim Charles Eddie Moore, blinks away tears as Thelma Collins, right, a sister of victim Henry Hezekiah Dee, expresses her feelings at the conviction...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A former Klansman was convicted yesterday of conspiracy and kidnapping in the 1964 murder of two black teenagers. The prosecution's star witness was a Klan member who said he and James Ford Seale stuffed the 19-year-olds into their trunk and drowned them in the Mississippi River. The jury deliberated for about 2 hours, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.

Seale, 71, faces life in prison. The families of Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, who were hitchhiking when they were picked up, beaten, and killed, had pushed for federal officials to make the case one of several civil rights-era investigations that have recently been reopened. "I thank the Lord that we got justice," said Dee's sister.