SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — The decision on whether to give a new trial to a 14-year-old boy executed in 1944 by South Carolina is now in the hands of a judge.
Circuit Judge Cameron Mullen did not immediately rule after a hearing ended Wednesday. She is giving prosecutors and supporters of the boy, George Stinney, more time to respond.
Stinney was sent to the electric chair for killing two girls, ages 7 and 11, in the tiny town of Alcolu. Stinney was black and the victims were white. His supporters say he was convicted with a coerced confession.
Prosecutors say Stinney was not treated fairly by modern legal standards when he was executed three months after the killings. But they also say there is no evidence authorities did anything wrong at the time.