James Craig Anderson Hit & Run: 'Hate Crime'- Video
Daryl Dedmon Charged in James Craig Anderson Murder
What at first looked like a hit-and-run incident is appearing more like a hate crime, and 18-year-old Daryl Dedmon has been charged with the murder of 49-year-old James Craig Anderson.
According to a witness, two cars carrying seven teenagers pulled into a motel parking lot in Jackson, Mississippi at 5am. The teens, all Caucasian, then began beating James Anderson, who was African-American. Some of the teens yelled, "white power", according to the motel security guard who witnessed the beating. Daryl Dedmon then ran Anderson over in his truck; the incident was caught on video.
Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith says that there is no question that Anderson's murder was a hate crime. Police say that the teens have been drinking in nearby Rankin County, and left the party for the express purpose of beating up a black man. Dedmon is being charged with murder, and John A. Rice, also 18, is charged with simple assault.
Shortly after he allegedly drove the truck over Anderson, Dedmon allegedly boasted and laughed about the killing, according to testimony given by some of the teens to detectives.
"I ran that nigger over," Dedmon allegedly said in a phone conversation to the teens in the other car.
The CNN video appears below: it gets graphic at around 3:20.