Thursday, November 14, 2013 | Categories: Features
When George Stinney Jr was executed in 1944, he became the youngest to be put to death in the U.S. in the 20th century. But now, there is a campaign to have his case re-examined, because many believe he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
In 1944, the 14-year-old black teenager was convicted of the brutal murder of two young white girls in Alcolu, South Carolina. George Stinney Jr was put to death by electric chair.
His trial lasted only a few hours, was heard by an all-white jury that came to their guilty verdict within minutes. But many have questioned how a 95-pound boy could commit such a physically demanding crime.
Now, nearly 70 years later, a South Carolina law firm is calling on the state to grant George Stinney Jr a new trial posthumously.
George Frierson grew up in George Stinney Jr's hometown. For the last decade he has researched the case and led the call for George Stinney Jr's exoneration. Listen to Carol's interview with George Frierson.