MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s parole board decided Wednesday against freeing a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in a church bombing that killed four black girls more than 50 years ago. The decision to keep Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, imprisoned was met with applause at the hearing. Relatives of three of the slain girls spoke against Blanton’s release during the hearing. “Justice is served,” Lisa McNair, sister of bombing victim Denise McNair, said afterward. Blanton is the last surviving KKK member convicted of murder in the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church.
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