COLUMBIA, S.C. — A True Crime Chronicles podcast about the life, trial and execution of 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr. from Clarendon County is now available.
TEGNA-owned Vault Studios produces True Crime Chronicles, a weekly podcast which often pulls information from local stations, including WLTX.
The latest podcast tells the story of the George Stinney, a 14-year-old Black boy from Alcolu who was executed in 1944. Stinney was charged with the deaths of two White girls from the town. His murder trial lasted less than a day, and all 12 jurors were white men.
Seventy years later, a judge threw out the conviction, saying she found "fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process" in the 1944 prosecution of the teen.
WLTX has done many stories about the case over the years. When Vault Studios began searching for answers and contacts in order to tell the story, they called longtime News 19 anchor Darci Strickland. You can hear her account of covering Stinney's case 70 years later and what it meant to his family to have his conviction vacated.
A link to the podcast can be found here.