Ex-Klansman ruled competent in '63 church bombing

Thursday, January 3rd 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ A judge ruled Thursday that former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry is mentally competent to stand trial on murder charges in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black girls.

Circuit Judge James Garrett initially ruled Cherry mentally incompetent last year. But he reversed himself after further evaluation of Cherry.

The bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church was one of the most notorious crimes of the civil rights era.