Killen says he didn't sign over land

By Jack Elliott Jr./The Associated Press

JACKSON — Reputed Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen claims in new court documents that he didn’t sign over power of attorney or ownership of 40 acres of land to a black former prisoner.

James Stern served time with Killen at a Mississippi prison. He claims Killen, who is serving a 60-year sentence for civil rights-era killings, signed over to him power of attorney, land rights and book and movie rights.

In documents filed Wednesday in Neshoba County Chancery Court, Killen claims his signature was forged and that Stern has neither power of attorney nor claim to the land. The documents don’t mention movie and book rights.

Killen’s attorney, Jon A. Green, has asked the judge to throw out the land transfer and certify that Killen and his family own the property.