Charles Marcus Edwards

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Charles Marcus Edwards is a "confessed Klansman".[1] Edwards "faced state murder charges in 1964, but federal prosecutors said the charges were quickly thrown out because local law enforcement officers were in collusion with the Klan."[2] Mr Edwards received immunity for his testimony in the murder trial of former policeman James Ford Seale for the murder of two black teenagers in 1964. Mr. Edwards stated that the murder was done by "...attach[ing] heavy weights to the boys and then dump[ing] them alive into the river." [3] After the Seale "case was reopened, Edwards was promised immunity and became the government's star witness." Mr. "Edwards testified he was with Seale when the teens were kidnapped[,] but not when they were thrown into the river."[4]

James Ford Seale (June 25, 1935 – August 2, 2011) was a Ku Klux Klan member charged by the U.S. Justice Department on January 24, 2007, and subsequently convicted on June 14, 2007, for the May 1964 kidnapping of Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore, two African-American young men in Meadville, Mississippi.[5] At the time of his arrest, Seale worked at a lumber plant in Roxie, Mississippi. He also worked as a crop duster and was a police officer in Louisiana briefly in the 1970s.[6]

Seale was convicted on June 14, 2007, by a federal jury on one count of conspiracy to kidnap two persons, and two counts of kidnapping where the victims were not released unharmed.[7] He was sentenced on August 24, 2007, to three life terms for his part in the 1964 murders of the two Mississippi teens. In 2008, Seale's kidnapping conviction was overturned by a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, before being reinstated by that court sitting en banc the following year. He was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he died in 2011.[8]

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  1. ^ news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6755267.stm
  2. ^ usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-09-23-feds-seale_N.htm
  3. ^ news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6755267.stm
  4. ^ usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-09-23-1851355111_x.htm
  5. ^ "Americas | US man in 1964 race attack charge". BBC News. January 25, 2007. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Town of Ferriday"
  7. ^ Mitchell, Jerry (June 15, 2007). "Reputed Klansman convicted in '64 killings". USA Today. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Federal Bureau of Prisons". Bop.gov. Retrieved February 13, 2011.