COLUMBIA, S.C. — A 14-year-old boy executed by South Carolina nearly 70 years ago is finally getting another day in court.
Supporters of George Stinney plan to argue Tuesday that there wasn’t enough evidence to find the black teen guilty in 1944 of killing two white girls, ages 7 and 11. They say deputies in segregated Clarendon County did little investigation after deciding Stinney was the prime suspect in the crime and coerced a confession from him.
The confession and the transcript of the one-day trial have disappeared.
The novel decision whether to give an executed man a new trial will be in the hands of Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen. Experts say it’s a longshot.
At 14, Stinney was the youngest person executed in the United States in the past 100 years.