Cherry's Condition Improving

Bobby Frank Cherry
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An ailing ex-Klansman serving a life prison sentence for a 1963 church bombing that killed four girls is in improving condition and has been transferred to a larger hospital for tests and additional treatment.

Alabama prisons system spokesman Brian Corbett said an ambulance took 74-year-old Bobby Frank Cherry to a hospital in Montgomery from Atmore Community Hospital Wednesday.

Cherry, who was hospitalized last week, has a history of heart problems and is suffering from diabetes, relatives said he also has a prostate condition.

Cherry was convicted in 2002 of murder and sentenced to life in prison for the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, a gathering place for demonstrators seeking an end to legalized segregation.

Another former Ku Klux Klansman, Thomas Blanton Junior, was convicted in 2001 and is serving a life term. A third ex-Klansman convicted of murder in 1977 died in prison.