Man con­victed of killing 3 civil rights work­ers dies in jail

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JACK­SON, Miss. (AP) — Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was con­victed decades later in the "Mis­sis­sippi Burn­ing" slay­ings of three civil rights work­ers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state's cor­rec­tions de­part­ment an­nounced.

Killen was serv­ing three con­sec­u­tive 20-year terms for man­slaugh­ter when he died at 9 p.m. Thurs­day in­side the Mis­sis­sippi State Pen­i­ten­tiary at Parch­man. An au­topsy was pend­ing, but no foul play was sus­pected, the state­ment Fri­day said.

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