The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) - A New York man who belonged to a violent revolutionary
group three decades ago was convicted Monday of the 1971 slaying of
an Atlanta police officer.
Freddie Hilton was taken to Fulton County from a New York jail last
year because police believed they finally had enough evidence to
charge him, one of the original suspects.
Officer James Richard Greene was shot and killed in his patrol car
Nov. 3, 1971, at an Atlanta gas station.
Hilton was a member of the Black Liberation Army, a group that
advocated killing policemen to protest racial discrimination.
Greene's gun and badge were taken after he was killed, a mark of the
Hilton and another man who has since died were heard bragging about
killing the officer, but prosecutors said they didn't have enough
evidence to take either man to trial. The charges were revived after
former Black Liberation Army members came forward.
In the three decades since the crime, Hilton had moved to New York,
converted to Islam and was working for a phone company. At the time
of his transfer to Fulton County, Hilton was being held in a New York
jail on suspicion of child molestation. He was not charged in that
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Hilton was found guilty Monday on five counts, including murder and
armed robbery. The sentencing phase of his trial has not begun.