Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Klansman & Convicted Killer Walks On Technicality

Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee

Reputed Klansman's Conviction Nixed

James Ford Seale
By Jerry Mitchell

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the conviction of a reputed Mississippi Klansman convicted last year of federal kidnapping charges in a 43-year-old crime, saying the statute of limitations had expired.

James Ford Seale received three life sentences in connection with the abducting, beating and drowning of two black teenagers in 1964.

A federal jury in June 2007 convicted Seale, a former crop duster, of conspiracy and two counts of kidnapping in the May 2, 1964, slayings of Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore. The two 19-year-olds were hitchhiking in Meadville when Klansmen picked them up, took them to a secluded forest, beat them, then hauled them to the Mississippi River, where the teens were bound, weighted down and drowned.

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