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: "Jurors in the murder trial of ex-KKK member Edgar Ray Killen told the judge they were deadlocked after deliberating for under three hours. The judge instructed them to continue. Killen is charged in the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers."
("The defense rested Monday after a former mayor testified that the Klan was a "peaceful organization." Harlan Majure, who was mayor of this Mississippi town in the 1990s, said Killen was a good man and that the part-time preacher's Klan membership would not change his opinion.
Majure said the Klan "did a lot of good up here" and said he was not personally aware of the organization's bloody past.
"As far as I know it's a peaceful organization," Majure said. His comment was met with murmurs in the packed courtroom.") More