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SC judge gets case of new trial for executed teen

FILE - This undated file phoprovided by South CarolinDepartment Archives History shows George Stinney Jr. youngest persever executed South Carolin1944.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History shows George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina, in 1944. Supporters of Stinney plan to argue Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, that there wasn't enough evidence to find him guilty in 1944 of killing a 7-year-old and an 11-year-old girl. The black teen was found guilty of killing the white girls in a trial that lasted less than a day in the tiny Southern mill town of Alcolu, separated, as most were in those days, by race. (AP Photo/South Carolina Department of Archives and History, File)

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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 requested by supporters of George Stinney ended Wednesday. She is giving prosecutors and others 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.



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