Friday, January 07, 2005

About Time, but Still 10.000 Cheers

Reputed Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was arrested late Thursday on murder charges in the 1964 slaying of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, officials said. [Michael Schwerner, aged 24, Andrew Goodman, 20, both from New York and James Chaney, 22, from Meridian, Mississippi. All were members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) dedicated to non-violent direct action against racial discrimination.]

Neshoba County Sheriff Larry Myers told The Associated Press Killen was arrested at his home without incident.

The arrest followed a grand jury meeting Thursday that apparently included testimony from individuals believed to have knowledge about the killings.

"We've got several more to arrest to make but we went ahead and got him beacuse he was high profile and we knew where he was," Myers said.

Myers said Killen was being held on three counts of murder.

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