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 trial of the white Mississippi teenager charged with murder was postponed for a second time last Thursday, reports Jackson's News 16.
Deryl Dedmon has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the June 2011 death of James Craig Anderson, a 49-year-old car plant worker from Jackson. Defense attorneys have filed motions to move the case from Hinds County and have argued that Dedmon, 19, can't get a fair trial because of extensive news coverage. Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith said he believes Dedmon will be able to get a fair trial in Jackson.
Anderson died on June 26, 2011 in a Jackson motel parking lot. The 49-year-old Anderson had a long-term male partner of almost two decades and they were raising a daughter.
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.
Dedmon, who was driving the pickup, faces capital murder and hate crime charges and is being held without bond. The teenager has a history of bullying, racial and homophobic intimidation, and is being investigated for allegedly committing other hate violence.
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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