SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — A solicitor is arguing against a new trial for a 14-year-old boy executed nearly 70 years ago for killing two girls, saying prosecutors did a good job under the standards of the 1940s legal system.
Solicitor Ernest "Chip" Finney III said at a hearing Tuesday that the evidence in the case wasn't destroyed, but did disappear over time.
Supporters of the boy, George Stinney, are arguing there wasn't enough evidence in the first place to find the black teen guilty in 1944 of killing two white girls, ages 7 and 11. They say deputies in segregated Clarendon County did little investigation after deciding Stinney was the prime suspect. They believe police coerced a confession from him.
The confession and the transcript of the one-day trial have disappeared.
At 14, Stinney was the youngest person executed in the United States in the past 100 years.