Jackson, Mississippi — Two white teenagers have been charged after a man was beaten and ran over with a truck. The county district attorney says the man was targeted simply because he was black.
District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith says that on June 26, two carloads of teen were out driving around looking for a black person to assault. According to law enforcement officials, the group had been at a party drinking when 18-year-old Deryl Dedmon, Jr. suggested they leave and “go fuck with some niggers.”
So they piled into two vehicles and drove 16 miles to a predominantly black area where they found 49-year-old James Craig Anderson in a parking lot near his car. The group pulled in, got out of their vehicles and proceeded to beat the auto plant worker while reportedly yelling racial epithets.
What these idiots didn’t realize is that a surveillance camera was recording the entire event.
Not only did it capture them beating Anderson, it also captured Dedmon get behind the wheel of a Ford F250 and then run over Anderson, who was staggering after getting off the ground. Anderson was killed instantly.
According to statements given to police by two teen girls who were in the truck, Dedmon joked about what he had done immediately afterwards, allegedly boasting and laughing about it.
Smith added that he and officials in the Hinds County District Attorney’s office are planning to indict Dedmon for murder and a hate crime, meaning Dedmon could be looking at two life sentences.
Dedmon’s attorney told the court he has seen no evidence of the “racial allegations.” I’m going to assume he says that because while the video shows the beating and murder, which you can watch below, it does not have sound. All the racially motivated evidence will be purely witness accounts at this point. But either way, racial or not, it is apparent that kid intentionally ran over Anderson.
The owner of the truck used to kill Anderson, 18-year-old John Aaron Rice, has been charged with simple assault. None of the other teens have been charged. I’m betting that’s because after Dedmon got busted rolling over Anderson, those teens rolled on Dedmon 5X faster.Tags: assault and battery, Crime, Deryl Dedmon, Hate Crime, Hit and Run, James Craig Anderson, Mississippi, Murder