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Bond Granted to Former Klansman Convicted in 1964 Mississippi Killings

A judge in Mississippi has granted bond to a former member of a white supremacist group convicted in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers.

Former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was found guilty this June in the four-decade-old killings and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

A circuit judge Friday granted the 80-year-old bond of $600,000 for his release while he appeals the conviction.

Killen, a preacher and former member of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan, was convicted of planning and organizing the killings of the three civil rights workers, who were helping register black voters in the highly segregated South.

Mr. Killen was tried in 1967 on federal civil rights violations in connection with the deaths, but the trial ended in a hung jury.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.