Second Arrest In Attack On Former Camp Lejeune Marine That May Have Been Racially-Motivated

Police say a second person has been arrested in an attack on a former Camp Lejeune Marine that may have been racially motivated.

West Point, Mississippi Police Chief Tim Brinkley says 20-year-old Marquavious McMillian is charged with aggravated assault in the incident that left 32-year-old Ralph Weems in the hospital.

Earlier this week police arrested 22-year-old Courtez McMillian on the same charges.

Both men are behind bars on on $250,000 bond.

Weems was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 2000-2004 and is an Iraq War veteran.

He was beaten severely in the parking lot of a restaurant over the weekend.

A friend who was with Weems said a group of people were angry about the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri.

A grand jury will have to decide whether or not a hate crime was committed.

The police chief says at this point there are conflicting witness statements.

The chief also did not say if the two people arrested are related.

Weems remains in the hospital listed in fair condition.

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A former Camp Lejeune Marine and Iraq War veteran is in the hospital after he and another man were attacked in a restaurant parking lot. The man's friend thinks it was possible revenge in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

We're told he is in an induced coma.

32-year-old Ralph Weems was in fair condition after police say 20 people attacked him and his friend, an Air Force veteran, in a Huddle House parking lot in West Point, Mississippi.

The Associated Press reports that Weems went to a Waffle House early Saturday with his friend David Knighten. Knighten, an Air Force veteran, told reporters that a man told him it wasn't a safe place for "whites," because people were upset by the killing of Brown.

The two left and stopped at a Huddle House with an empty parking lot where the attack occurred.

Police arrested 22-year-old Courtez McMillian of Mississippi and charged him with aggravated assault. The FBI is now also investigating and McMillian could face hate crime charges. More arrests are expected.

Weems was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 2000-2004. Weems and the rest of his platoon are members of the New Bern VFW and were the first Iraq Veterans to join.


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