A parole hearing has been held in Alabama for a one-time KKK member whose crime dates back more than 50 years.

FOX's Tonya J. Powers has more:

76-year-old Thomas Blanton Jr. will stay behind bars. His parole denied today.

He is the last surviving KKK member convicted of murder in the bombing of Birmingham's 16th St Baptist Church in 1963.

Four African American girls were killed in that bombing, and Blanton was given four life sentences in 2001.

There was standing room only for the hearing, which included testimony from relatives of the girls who were killed, as well as the former U.S. Attorney who prosecuted Blanton.

Blanton is up for parole again in five years.

Two other former KKK members who were convicted in the murders died in prison.

Tonya J. Powers, FOX News.

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