JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A white Mississippi teenager has been indicted for capital murder and a hate crime on charges he intentionally ran over a middle-age black man with a pickup truck.
Deryl Dedmon, 19, was indicted Monday in the June 26 death of James Craig Anderson.
Capital murder in Mississippi is defined as murder committed along with another felony. It carries the sentences of death or life in prison without parole. Dedmon also was charged under Mississippi's hate crime law. This is the first announced indictment in the case.
Authorities say seven white teenagers were partying when Dedmon suggested they go find a black man to "mess with." Prosecutors say Dedmon and another teen beat Anderson before Dedmon ran him down.
It wasn't immediately clear if anyone else was indicted.