South Carolina judge tosses conviction of black teen executed in 1944

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Posted: Dec 17, 2014 12:25 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina judge vacated on Wednesday the conviction of a black teenager executed in 1944 for the murder of two white girls, saying he had not received a fair trial.

George Stinney Jr. was at age 14 the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the last century. He was convicted of killing Betty June Binnicker, 11, and Mary Emma Thames, 7, and was executed three months after their deaths.

(Reporting by Harriet McLeod; Writing by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)