Marcus Gordon


Age: 84

retired Mississippi state judge who presided over the Mississippi Burning trial in 2005 when he sentenced Edgar Ray Killen to 60 years in prison after a mixed-race jury convicted the reputed former Ku Klux Klan leader of manslaughter in the 1964 kidnap-slaying of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Mississippi as the revival of the cold case from the civil rights era marked the first time state prosecutors had brought charges in what the FBI called the "Mississippi Burning" investigation when Killen was convicted on June 21, 2005 just 41 years to the day after the killings of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, and who also sentenced Killen to the maximum of 20 years on each of the three counts of manslaughter (Killen is now 91 and remains in prison).

Cause of Death: Complications from a fall

Born: October 22, 1931

Died: May 26, 2016

Jackson, Mississippi