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Rally to mark church bombing suspect's ruling

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16th Street Baptist Church bombing suspect Bobby Frank Cherry. (AP) 16th Street Baptist Church bombing suspect Bobby Frank Cherry. (AP)

Birmingham activist Frank Matthews tells ABC 33/40 he is planning a march in July to commemorate a rally critical to the Civil Rights Movement's history.

Back in the early 2000's, he, along with the late Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, former Birmingham mayor Richard Arrington and others, took part in a march and a two-month campaign to have a judge reverse a ruling that said Sixteenth Street Baptist church bombing suspect Bobby Frank Cherry was too mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Cherry was later found to be mentally competent in the case, in which he was accused of killing four black girls in the 1963 bombing of the church. Cherry later died in prison in 2004 at the age of 74.

Matthews says the march was critical to the case. He plans to gather a group that will march from the Jefferson County Courthouse to Birmingham City Hall.

Stay with ABC 33/40 for more details.

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