January 13, 1996 in Nation/World

Black Teens Convicted Of Killing White Man

Compiled From Wire Services

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.

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