A Neshoba County jury convicted Edgar Ray Killen of three counts of manslaughter shortly before noon this morning in the 1964 murders of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner.
Circuit Clerk Patti Duncan Lee read the three guilty verdicts about 11:25 a.m. as the 12-person jury stood in a semi-circle in front of the judge’s bench.
Killen did not show any emotion as the verdict was read. Afterwards, his attorney Mitch Moran told the court that the defendant "wants to poll the jury himself."
Judge Marcus Gordon responded: "That would be improper."
Gordon is expected to set a sentencing date later today.