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(VO) At his arraignment in US district court, Ernest Avants pleaded not guilty. As he was led away in hand-cuffs and leg irons, he appeared somewhat unsteady. He did not respond to reporters' questions. But when we first interviewed him before he was aware he could face another trial, Avants made it quite clear that he knows times have changed since 1967.

ERNEST AVANTS

You just think if had a trial then and got acquitted, if I was tried now.

ABC NEWS

What would happen?

ERNEST AVANTS

Hell, I'd be convicted.

ABC NEWS

Why do you say that?

ERNEST AVANTS

The -- the majority of white people is so sympathetic.

ABC NEWS

Back then, white people probably would not convict a white person for killing a black man.

ERNEST AVANTS

Like they will now.

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