Attorneys will present evidence before the state of South Caroline they feel warrants a new trial for George Stinney, Jr., a 14-year-old Black teenage who was put to death for the murders of two White girls nearly seventy years ago.
The case is extraordinarily unique for several reasons. For one, Stinney was the youngest person executed in the United States last century, but there is no official record of the day-long trial in which the boy’s fate was decided in a mere ten minutes after the defense and prosecution rested their cases. It is widely believed that Stinney did not commit the murders and was instead used as the scape-goat for a town blindly seeking revenge for the girls.
New Trial Sought For Black 14-Year-Old, Youngest Person Executed In U.S. In 100 Years
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the Stinney case is unique in one way. At 14, he's the youngest person
executed in the United States in the past 100 years. Even in 1944, there
was an outcry over putting someone so young in the electric chair.
Newspaper accounts said the straps in the chair didn't fit around his
95-pound body and an electrode was too big for his leg.
He weighed 95 pounds and stood just over five feet tall. He was executed in an oak electric chair built only for adults.
A 27-page motion was filed on October 25 to grant Stinney a new trial and a chance to posthumously clear his name – some 70 years later.