source: BBC Programmes
published: 16 January 2020
How a 14-year-old boy became the youngest person to be executed in the USA during the 20th century. George Stinney Jr was sent to the electric chair in 1944.
He had been tried for the murder of two young girls, but when the case was reviewed by a court in South Carolina in 2014 his conviction was annulled.
Ashley Byrne has been speaking to George Stinney Jr’s sister Katherine Robinson, and to Matt Burgess who was one of the team of lawyers who fought to clear his name.
George Stinney Jr’s 4WardEver Case Profile:
In June 1944 14-year-old George Stinney Jr (of Alcolu, South Carolina) became the youngest American executed in the 20th century. In the Court case which sealed his fate, it took 10 minutes to convict him by an all-male, all-white jury.
George was subjected to hours of interrogation without his parents or an attorney present, and no African-Americans were allowed in the Courthouse. The entire trial, including the jury’s deliberations, lasted less than 3 hours. It took 70 years after his execution to exonerate him. George was sentenced to the electric chair.