George Junius Stinney Jr.

George Junius Stinney Jr.

Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA
Death 16 Jun 1944 (aged 14)
Richland, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Paxville, Clarendon County, South Carolina, USA
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George was, at age 14, the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century. Stinney, an African-American youth from South Carolina, was convicted in a two-hour trial of the first-degree murder of two pre-teen white girls: 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker, and 8-year-old Mary Emma Thames. However, no physical evidence existed in the case, and the sole evidence against Stinney was the circumstantial fact that the girls had spoken with Stinney and his sister shortly before their murder, and the testimony of three police officers that Stinney had confessed. He was executed by electric chair. Since Stinney's conviction and execution, the question of his guilt, the validity of his confession, and the judicial process leading to his execution have been criticized as "suspicious at best and a miscarriage of justice at worst." On December 17, 2014, his conviction was posthumously vacated 70 years after his execution.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Junius Stinney Jr. (21 Oct 1929–16 Jun 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 55599472, citing Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery, Paxville, Clarendon County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .