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Ex-Klansman Guilty of Deadly Alabama Church Bombing

Wednesday, 22 May 2002 12:00 AM

Cherry,

After the verdict was read, Cherry was asked if he had anything to say. He pointed to the prosecution table and said that he had done nothing and that all the witnesses (who included his own family) lied.

The jury deliberated for seven hours over two days before announcing a verdict.

Cherry, 71, was the third former Ku Klux Klan member to be convicted in the deadliest bombing of the civil rights struggle in the 1950s and '60s.

Co-defendant Thomas Blanton Jr. was convicted by jurors last year and is appealing the verdict and his life sentence. He claims prosecutors deliberately kept white men off his jury. Cherry's jury had six white women, three white men and three black men but no black women.

Robert "Dynamite Bob" Chambliss was convicted in 1977 and died in prison. A fourth suspect, Herman Cash, died in 1994 without having been charged.

The jury got the case Tuesday and deliberated two and a half hours before recessing.

The victims of the explosion, which occurred as they were preparing for a youth service, were 11-year-old Denise McNair and three 14-year-olds: Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley.

Their relatives attended the entire trial, and several testified.

Cherry consistently denied involvement in the bombing, publicly and in interviews with investigators. But prosecutors reopened the case in 1995 and found five family members and acquaintances who said Cherry bragged about it.

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