Two People Indicted In Racially Charged Hit-And-Run

An East Texas grand jury has indicted two white men in the racially charged hit-and-run death of a black man who was dragged beneath a vehicle.

The grand jury handed up the indictments Thursday in Paris. Shannon Finley and Charles Crostley are charged with the murder of 24-year-old Brandon McClelland, whose mangled body was found Sept. 16 on a country road.

Authorities say the two suspects purposely ran over and killed McClelland following an argument on the way home from a late-night beer run.

To some, the case stirs memories of the notorious dragging death of James Byrd by white supremacists 10 years ago in the East Texas town of Jasper. In the latest case, however, the victim and the suspects had been friends for years.


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  • by Teresa Location: North Carolina on Dec 11, 2008 at 07:56 PM
    Joseph that happenned to be Texas. Like the southeast a lot of things are racially motivated. It's a lot of ignorant people around here. If everyone thinks like you then people will never get paid for their injustice.
  • by Joseph Location: Snow Hill on Dec 11, 2008 at 04:33 PM
    It is always about race. Come on cant it just be a hit and run. If the drivers would have been black it would have been a diffrent story. God please bless america.
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