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Man suspected of slaying white supremacist to appear in court

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) -  The man accused of slaying white supremacist Richard Barrett is scheduled to appear in Rankin County Court Tuesday morning on murder charges.

The day before his scheduled court appearance, officials took suspected killer Vincent McGee, 22, back to the scene of the crime.

There, McGee told the Associated Press he didn't know about Barrett's racist views until after he had been killed.

The AP said McGee was in a cheerful mood, joking with deputies.

No word yet on why officials took McGee back to the rural Rankin County home Monday where Barrett was found stabbed, beaten, and burned to death late last week.

Three others charged in the case are also scheduled to appear in Rankin County Court Tuesday. Alfred Lewis, McGee's stepfather, is charged with accessory after the fact.

Vicky and Michael Dent, a mother and son who lived near McGee, are charged with being accessories after the fact and arson.

Officials have been tight-lipped about a possible motive, but sources have told WLBT that McGee accused Barrett of making sexual advances toward him, apparently sending him into a rage.

Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington wouldn't comment, except to say that the murder was not racially motivated.

Lewis, now charged with accessory after the fact, told WLBT McGee was upset because Barrett didn't pay him enough for doing yard work at Barrett's home in Utica.

McGee was released from Parchman State Penitentiary in February after serving five years for assaulting two Rankin County officers and grand larceny.

Barrett, 67, was known for traveling the country promoting his segregationist views, and ran a school for skinheads in Mississippi.

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