Church Bombing Trial Nearing an End - Montgomery Alabama news.

May 19, 11:00 p.m.

Church Bombing Trial Nearing an End

The murder trial of a former Ku Klux Klansman accused in a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls is nearing an end. Defense attorneys for 71-year-old Bobby Frank Cherry are trying to portray key prosecution witnesses as liars. They say the five people who testified about hearing Cherry admit to the bombing through the years were lying. They also claim the government's entire investigation was built on a lie told by an informant in 1964.

Defense lawyer Mickey Johnson says he didn't hear any two witnesses tell the same story. Government lawyers acknowledged inconsistencies with their case. But they say problems in the details of witnesses' memories in a case this old are common.

Prosecutor Doug Jones says the jury should be able to convict Cherry when they put together what they've heard in the trial. Defense evidence was set to resume Monday morning. Cherry is accused of being part of a group of Klansmen who planted a powerful bomb that exploded at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on September 15th, 1963.

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