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Klansman Guilty for Role in 1964 Murders

Posted Jun 15, 2007 2:24 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The brother of a black youth murdered in 1964 says he's pleased with the guilty verdict reached yesterday against a member of the Ku Klux Klan for his role in the long-ago crime.

"I'm rejoicing for justice in this country," Thomas Moore told the Clarion-Ledger. Moore's brother, Charlie Eddie Moore , was murdered along with Henry Hezekiah Dee when they were both 19.

James Ford Seale, 71, could be sentenced to life in prison for his conviction on two counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy, Associated Press reports.

A Justice Department press release says Seale and other Klansmen conspired to abduct, beat and murder Dee and Moore, both 19 when they died.

“Today’s conviction of James Ford Seale brings some long overdue justice to the families of Henry Dee and Charles Moore, who were brutally murdered more than 40 years ago,” Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said in the press release.

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