Mississippi Teen Indicted for Capital Murder

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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 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 with the vehicle.


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  • by Concerned Citizen on Sep 22, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS HORRIFIC CRIME?????? "GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION......." LAW.......THEY SHOULD BE CHARGE WITH ACCESSORY.....THEY ALL PLAYED A PART IN THIS MESS....THEY COULD HAVE EASILY PERSUADED THIS "DEMON" TO THINK BEFORE ACTING.....REGARDLESS OF THE RACE THIS MAN WAS A HUMAN/PERSON, HE DIDN'T DESERVE TO DIE PREMATURLY AND/OR BEFORE HIS TIME. THEY ALL NEED THE DEATH PENALTY!
  • by A teacher Location: Mississippi on Sep 22, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    I can tell you about the teens of today. They are not held responsible for their actions so they feel that they are untouchable. As a teacher in the classroom, I have seen this in about the last 8 years. Kids cannot be punished because "it might damage their self esteem." Kids cannot be punished because momma don't want them punished. Kids are calling DHS on momma when she tries to punish them. We as a society are allowing kids to do as they please without consequences to their actions or just a slap on the wrist. There is a lack of respect for themselves as well as the adults who come in contact with them every day. Parents need to realize that they are children and should be treated as such. So what if they get their feelings hurt or they butt tanned for wrong doing, they will learn what is right and what is wrong.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    Wonder if he is sorry he did this. Anyway I suppose he will have a lot of time to think about it, hopefully.
  • by sad times Location: newton on Sep 21, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    why is there so much hate still out there
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Sep 21, 2011 at 03:49 PM
    I am afraid we have a whole generation that not only do not respect others, but they dont respect themselves. where did we go wrong? This is a question we will be asking ourselves a long time as I see it.
  • by anonymous on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM
    Good. He is trash and deserves to be executed. It hurts me to say that about any human, especially a young one, but what he did was pure evil. Maybe this can serve as a warning to any other person of any race that ever thinks about doing something similar.
  • by Sad Citizen Location: Meridian on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    What happened in this young man's life to lead him to harbor such hatred in his heart that he would murder another human being? Capital murder is the charge, as it sadly should be. I, too, want to know if the other kids are considered "accessories" ...
  • by ivy Location: collinsville on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    All involved should be charged with murder! Hate crime?????? Its too easy to throw the words hate crime around. But the death penalty YES
  • by stacie white Location: silas on Sep 21, 2011 at 09:55 AM
    What are the other kids being charged with! ????
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