Cold Case Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty During Arraignment

By: KKTV and AP Email
By: KKTV and AP Email

A 71-year old Mississippi man pleaded not guiltyThursday to kidnapping two African American teenagers who back in 1964 -- in a case with Colorado Springs ties.

James Ford Seale was arraigned in federal court in Jackson, Mississippi.

He was arrested Wednesday in connection with the 1964 slayings of Charles Moore and another black teenager who were long believed to have been kidnapped and killed by the Ku Klux Klan.

Authorities say the break in the 43-year-old case was largely the result of the dogged efforts of Moore's older brother.

Sixty-three-year-old Thomas Moore of Colorado Springs says he's been crying since the arrest, even though he knows it won't bring his brother back.

The judge set Seale's trial for April Second.

Seale is due back in court for a bond hearing on Monday.

An informant told the F-B-I that Seale's brother and another Klansman took Moore and another man to a river, lashed their bodies to an engine block and some old railroad tracks, and dumped them from a boat.

The remains of Moore and Henry Dee were discovered two months later in Louisiana.

Both victims were 19.

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