Manning, SC (WLTX, AP)-- Protesters gathered outside the Clarendon County courthouse Tuesday in hopes of getting the George Stinny case reopened.
Stinney was convicted on a shaky confession in a segregated society that wanted revenge for the beating deaths of two girls, ages 11 and 7, in 1944.
Stinney was electrocuted at age 14. He's the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the past 100 years.
Organizers say more than 100 peoplejoined in the peaceful protest, which lasted about an hour. Several people addressed the crowd, including Irene Hill, George Stinney's second cousin. Robert McFadden from the Clarendon NAACP, and Sumter NAACP President Ferdinand Burns spoke as well.
The group then moved to Manning's Ebenezer Baptist Church, to hold a memorial service and pray that the decades old case will be reopened.
A prosecutor said a hearing to determine if Stinney should get a new trial should happen next month. Prosecutor Ernest Finney III told the Associated Press that if the judge grants a new trial, he will view that as Stinney's conviction being removed.
Finney says he will then have to review whatever evidence his office can find in the 69-year-old case. If he can't find any evidence, he won't go forward and supporters could seek to have the murder charges removed from Stinney's record.