1963 Birmingham Bombing Trial A trial began today for the man accused of a 1963 church bombing that killed four girls in Birmingham, Ala. The bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church has been called the deadliest crime of the civil rights era. Bobby Frank Cherry is a former member of the Ku Klux Klan. He's now 71 years old. NPR's Debbie Elliott talks with John Ydstie about the accusations against Cherry and his defense.