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George Stinney Jr (14), Youngest person Executed in US Cleared of Murder - 70 years after his Death George Stinney Jr (14)

By Vicky Smith

A teenage boy convicted of murdering two young girls has been exonerated – 70 years after he was executed for the crime.

George Stinney Jr was just 14 when he was sentenced to death over the killing of two white girls, aged 11 and seven.

He became the youngest person in the 20th Century to be executed in the US.

But 70 years on a US judge in South Carolina has thrown out the black teen’s conviction on the basis he was wronged by the justice system.

The ruling has been welcomed by Stinney Jr’s family and civil rights activists who campaigned for years. However it has come too late for the teen, who would be 84 today.

When he was executed in 1944, Stinney was so short he had to sit on a phone book so he would fit on the electric chair and…

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