Editor who pushed for justice in civil rights killings dies

Mississippi editor Stanley Dearman, who pushed for justice in the murders of three civil rights workers, died on Saturday in Florida. The death of the 84-year-old was announced by the newspaper in Philadelphia, Mississippi, that he once published.

Dearman wrote articles and editorials in The Neshoba Democrat that helped lead to conviction of a former Klansman in the 1964 killings.

The civil rights workers — Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner — disappeared on June 21, 1964. They were found dead 44 days later.

Federal prosecutors convicted seven people of civil rights violations in 1967, but Dearman and others pushed for further prosecutions.

Edgar Ray Killen was convicted of manslaughter in 2005 by a state court jury and remains imprisoned.

Dearman's funeral and burial will be Tuesday in Philadelphia.