US court probes 70-year-old murder trial

Supporters of a black teen executed for the murder of two white girls in 1944 say the trail was unfair and racist.

    A US court will decide if a 14-year-old black boy executed for murder in 1944 was given a fair trial.

    A judge has been hearing from supporters of George Stinney, who say his conviction was pushed through a racist justice system, despite a lack of evidence.

    The bodies of 11-year-old Betty June Binniker and seven-year-old Mary Emma Thames were found in a ditch in the town of Alcolu, Soth Carolina in 1944.

    Within hours, 14-year-old George Stinney was arrested by police who claimed the teenager gave an oral confession, but there is no record of that.

    Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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