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Court to hear appeal in ’64 murder case

By: Magnolia Tribune - June 2, 2008

The Clarion-Ledger, 6/2/8

James Ford Seale, the reputed Ku Klux Klan member serving three life sentences for his role in the 1964 abduction and murder of two black Mississippi teenagers, has another chance to dispute his conviction.

Seale was convicted June 14, 2007, of kidnapping and conspiracy in the abductions of Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, both 19, who disappeared May 2, 1964 from Franklin County in Mississippi. Their decomposed bodies were later pulled from the muddy waters of the Mississippi River.

On Monday, Kathy Nester, Seale’s attorney, will argue to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that federal prosecutors failed to prove key elements needed for conviction.

“Numerous issues were appealed, but we’ll be focusing on whether the statute of limitations had expired, whether it was proper to bring in the extraneous issue of the Ku Klux Klan, and if there was federal jurisdiction,” Nester told The Associated Press.

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