Black Teens Convicted Of Killing White Man
Two black teenagers were found guilty of murder Friday in the shooting of a white man who was flying a Confederate flag in the rear of his pickup truck. A third black teenager was acquitted.
Freddie Morrow and Damien Darden, both 18, were immediately sentenced to life in prison for the 1995 slaying of 19-year-old Michael Westerman, who was shot from a moving car.
Judge Robert Wedemeyer, presiding after the defendants waived their right to a jury trial, convicted both men of murder, civil rights intimidation and kidnapping.
Marcus Merriweather, 16, was found innocent of the same charges.