New evidence in execution in 1944

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Lawyers trying to get a new trial for a 14-year-old executed in South Carolina almost 70 years ago for killing two girls say publicity about their case has caused more witnesses to come forward to try to prove his innocence.

A new legal brief includes a statement from a member of a search team that found the bodies of the 7-year-old and 11-year-old girls in a Clarendon County ditch in 1944.

George Stinney's lawyers say the location was too far away for the 95-pound teen to have carried the bodies.

The lawyers also have a statement from Stinney's cellmate saying he didn't confess to the killings and a pathologist's conclusion the original autopsy had the wrong murder weapon.

A hearing on the case is set for Jan. 21.


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