Judge: 14-year-old boy should not have been executed for murder

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina— A judge has overturned the murder conviction of a 14-year-old black boy who was executed in 1944 in the deaths of two white girls in segregated South Carolina.

Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen ruled the state did a great injustice when it put George Stinney in the electric chair less than two months after he was convicted and just 12 weeks after he was arrested.

Mullen heard testimony in the 70-year-old case in January, but most of the evidence from the original trial was gone. Mullen says Stinney got an unfair trial and it was impossible to determine the boy’s guilt or innocence.

She was careful to say her ruling doesn’t apply to other families who felt their relatives were discriminated against by a Jim Crow justice system ran by whites.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.