More developments in the horrific case of James Craig Anderson, the Black Mississippi man killed in an alleged racially motivated beating and hit-and-run murder. The white Mississippi teenager charged with capital murder has a history of bullying, racial and homophobic intimidation, and is being investigated for allegedly committing other hate violence, reports CNN.
Parents and students who knew Daryl Dedmon tell CNN it was widely known that he expressed a hatred for blacks, white people who had black friends, and anyone he thought was gay. And they say he had a history of harassing teens at his high school. CNN has learned that Department of Justice investigators have uncovered two other possible incidents where groups of white Rankin County teens, including Dedmon, have sought out and attacked a black person.
Dedmon was no stranger to the law prior to being charged with Anderson's murder. He was on probation at the time of the killing, after being convicted of phone harassment, a misdemeanor. Jordan Richardson, whose father called police to break up a fight with Dedmon and his friends, said the teens often used racial slurs and derogatory phrases to describe African-Americans. "He hung out with the people that flippantly just used the n-word," Jordan said.
The 48-year-old victim had a long-term male partner of almost two decades and they were raising a daughter.
Anderson died on the morning of June 26 in a Jackson motel parking lot. Surveillance video shows two carloads of teenagers driving into the parking lot. Several approached Anderson, who was beaten and robbed. The video shows Anderson being struck by a truck. Witnesses report one teenager yelled "white power" and the driver of the pickup shouted the n-word.
Anderson's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in September against the seven white teenagers that police say were involved in the gruesome crime. Anderson's long-term partner is prevented by Mississippi law and the Defense of Marriage Act from joining the legal action.
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