Judge refuses to dismiss Miss. civil rights-era kidnapping case against reputed Klansman
HOLBROOK MOHR Associated Press Writer
Wednesday May 2nd, 2007
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss the case against a reputed Ku Klux Klansman charged with kidnapping in the brutal 1964 slayings of two black Mississippi teenagers.
The ruling in the case of James Ford Seale came exactly 43 years after the killings of Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee. The teens were seized near the southwest Mississippi town of Roxie and beaten before they were weighted down and thrown into the Mississippi River to drown.
Defense lawyers had argued Wednesday that the case is far too old for Seale to get a fair trial.
Federal public defender Kathy Nester called to the stand an investigator who testified that 36 potential witnesses are dead or unavailable.
"Every time we tried to follow these roads, we stopped at a grave site," Nester said.
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