The siblings of Edgar Ray Killen are shown leaving the Neshoba county courthouse following Killen's sentencing to 60 years in prison for his involvement in the murder of three civil rights workers in 1964. At right, members of the press await the removal of Killen by the Neshoba county sheriff's department.
Killen is wheeled past photographers to begin serving a 60 year term for three counts of manslaughter.
Local reporters as well as members of the national media were present in large numbers at today's sentencing. At left is Jerry Mitchell (blue shirt) from the Jackson Clarion-Ledger newspaper. Mitchell was prominent in the call for a retrial of Byron de la Beckwith for the murder of Medgar Evers--a case made famous in the movie "Ghosts of Mississippi." At right, Jean Casarez, of Court-TV, is shown preparing to interview Rita Bender, the widow of Mickey Schwerner, killed in Philadelphia in 1964.
Attorney General Jim Hood and defense attorney James McIntyre are shown following the sentencing.
Perhaps the most visible evidence that things are different today in Misssissippi would be these two Philadelphia police department officers. Police were complicit in the murders that occurred in 1964, and, of course, no blacks or females were then considered qualified for any police work.