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No resolution yet as George Stinney hearing wraps up

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SUMTER, SC (WIS) -

The decision on whether to give a new trial to a 14-year-old boy executed in 1944 by South Carolina is now in the hands of a judge.

Circuit Judge Cameron Mullen did not immediately rule after a hearing requested by supporters of George Stinney ended Wednesday. She is giving prosecutors and others more time to respond.

Stinney was the youngest person executed in United States history in 1944 when he was put to death for the murders of 7-year-old Mary Emma Thames and 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker.

Stinney was arrested on March 25, 1944.

A medical report said the girls were bludgeoned to death and their bodies were left in a ditch. Officers at the time claim Stinney confessed, but there is no written record of it.

In the span of three months after the murders, Stinney was brought to trial, convicted by a 12-member, all-white jury, and executed.

Stinney's defense has called Dr. Amanda Salas, a child psychologist, to the stand to testify that Stinney's confession was coerced.

The Third Circuit Solicitor's Office has resisted efforts to reopen the case.

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