JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 3 (UPI) — A man convicted in 2007 for the 1964 killing of two black teenagers in southwest Mississippi has died in a federal prison, authorities said.
James Ford Seale, 76, serving three life sentences at the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Ind., died Tuesday, the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion Ledger reported.
He was convicted in the abduction, beatings and killings of Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee in May 1964.
The case had been reopened in 2005 by then-U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton of Jackson, Miss., at the urging of Moore’s brother Thomas, and Seale was convicted by a jury two years later.
Testimony at the trial described Moore and Dee being beaten by Klan members in woods near Natchez and questioned about rumors of black residents of the area planning an armed uprising.
The two 19-year-old were thrown into a car trunk and driven to a Mississippi backwater near Vicksburg where they where weighted down and thrown alive into the river, testimony said.
Their mostly skeletal remains were discovered weeks later.
When told of Seale’s death Tuesday, Thomas Moore said, “Ain’t no rejoicing in it. I do offer my sympathies to the family.”