Hearing continues for boy, 14, executed by SC

By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - A hearing to decide whether a 14-year-old boy executed by South Carolina 70 years ago gets a new trial is continuing.

Lawyers for George Stinney are expected to call more witnesses Wednesday. The hearing started Tuesday with Stinney's younger sisters and brother testifying that they didn't notice blood on the teen or him acting strangely when girls, 7 and 11, were found dead in March 1944.

Stinney was black and the victims were white. His supporters say he was convicted with a coerced confession that has since disappeared along with records of his one-day trial.

Prosecutor Ernest "Chip" Finney III says there is no evidence authorities did anything wrong back then. He says Stinney's conviction was just in the wrongheaded racial opinions of the time.

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