Richard Barrett Murdered, Arrest Made

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi authorities have made an arrest in the death of a white supremacist lawyer who was found stabbed earlier in the day in his burning home.

Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington said Richard Barrett's body was found early Thursday after residents reported seeing smoke coming from his house near a suburb of Jackson, Miss.

Pennington told The Associated Press an arrest was made later in the day, but he gave no further details.

The 67-year-old Barrett had traveled the U.S. to promote anti-black and anti-immigrant views. He founded a supremacist group called the Nationalist Movement.

Barrett attracted reporters to his 2008 rally in protest of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the Louisiana town of Jena, where six black teenagers were charged with beating a white classmate.

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