COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 9, 2013) Supporters of George Stinney, a 14-year-old South Carolina boy who was put to death in the electric chair in 1944 for killing two girls, are asking a judge to grant him a new trial.
Stinney’s family hopes the court hearing will show he is innocent.
The motion says Stinney was convicted on a shaky confession in a segregated society that wanted revenge against a black teenager accused of the beating deaths of two white girls, ages 11 and 7 in Clarendon County, S. C.
The request includes sworn statements from two of Stinney's siblings, saying he was around them all day the girls were killed.
Stinney was executed 84 days after the girls disappeared.
Records of Stinney's confession and other evidence from the trial have disappeared.