Prosecutors expect to wrap up their case
early this week in the federal kidnapping and conspiracy trial of
reputed Ku Klux Klansman James Ford Seale.
Seale's lawyers say the 71-year-old former crop duster will not
testify in his own defense.
He has pleaded not guilty to taking part in the deadly attacks
on two black teenagers, Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore,
in southwest Mississippi on May 2, 1964.
Seale faces up to life in prison if convicted of kidnapping and
Confessed Klansman Charles Marcus Edwards testified this past
week that he and Seale took part in abducting the 19-year-olds in
Edwards, a longtime friend of Seale's, was granted immunity from
He testified that Seale pointed a sawed-off shotgun at Dee and
Moore while Klansmen beat them.
Edwards also says that Seale talked weeks later about helping
dump the young men in a Mississippi River backwater south of
Defense attorney Kathy Nester repeatedly challenged statements
Edwards had given to law enforcement officers and in news accounts
over the past four decades.
She told the court -- quoting here -- Frankly, every time he has
ever told this story, he has told it differently.
Defense attorneys say that for Seale to be convicted for
kidnapping, prosecutors must convince jurors that Dee and Moore
were alive when they were taken into Louisiana.
Tomorrow (Monday) will mark the sixth day of testimony.