South Carolina Boy Exonerated After 70-Year-Old Execution
A S.C. judge dismissed the verdict in the 1944 case involving George Stinney, Jr., a 14-year-old boy convicted of a double-murder and executed.By Christian Bryant | December 17, 2014
The youngest American ever executed in the U.S. was exonerated Wednesday — 70 years after being put to death.
George Stinney, Jr. — a 14-year-old black boy — was convicted of killing two white girls — ages 11 and 7 — in Alcolu, South Carolina in 1944. Stinney was reportedly tried and convicted in the Jim Crow south by an all-white jury. Three months later, he was put to death in an electric chair. (Video via CNN / WIS)
For years, family and civil rights advocates have argued Stinney's case needs to be dismissed. They say the boy was forced to confess, there was little to no evidence, and, as one attorney told WLTX, there were big problems with the way the trial was conducted.