The youngest person ever sentenced to Death was 14 years old George Stinney an African American.
He was accused for the murders of two young girls in March 1944, Betty June Binnicker, aged 11, and Mary Emma Thames, aged 7, in his hometown of Alcolu, South Carolina and sentenced then killed with a 5380 volt shock in the electric chair.
70yrs later in 2014, George Stinney was proven innocent.
It took a jury of 12 white men 10 minutes of deliberation to find George Stinney guilty. His siblings claimed that he had an alibi. At the time of the murders, he was with his sister Aime watching the family’s cow.
It was also noted that a man named Wilford “Johnny” Hunter, who claimed to be Stinney’s cellmate, said that Stinney denied murdering Binnicker and Thames.
“He said, ‘Johnny, I didn’t, didn’t do it,’” Hunter said.
He said, ‘Why would they kill me for something I didn’t do?’
Stinney was executed on June 16, 1944, at 7:30 p.m. He was prepared for execution by electric chair, using a Bible as a booster seat because Stinney was too small for the chair.
Since Stinney’s exoneration, George Burke Jr., the son of a wealthy white businessman, George Burke Sr., has been the subject of speculation as a possible suspect for the murders. Burke Jr. died in 1947, aged 26.
Below is a video of how George Stinney was electrocuted: