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Second teen in court on fatal hit-and-run

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John Aaron Rice Source: JPD John Aaron Rice Source: JPD
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The second teen arrested in a weekend fatal hit-and-run was in court today. 18-Year-Old John Rice was denied bond during his initial appearance Thursday.  He is charged with murder.

On Sunday, police arrested Deryl Paul Dedmon, 18, of Brandon in the death of James Craig Anderson, 49.   Police say Dedmon ran over Anderson, who was walking on the shoulder of the road near the Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue.  Police say Rice was at the scene in another vehicle.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing Dedmon and Anderson arguing near the Metro Inn just before the incident.  Ironically, Dedmon who is the said driver of the vehicle that killed Anderson, was given bond, and released from jail.

Families from both sides were in court, but did not answer questions from the media.

Late Thursday, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Schuler-Smith announced he was filing a motion to revoke Dedmon's bond.  Schuler-Smith says, "We believe the presumption of guilt in this matter when presented to the judge is very great."

Municipal Judge Ali Shamsiddeen who set Dedmon's bond at $50,000.00 will be at the bond hearing next week.

Judge Henry Clay was on the bench in the Rice initial appearance.

 Tuesday morning, Attorney Winston Thompson III held a press conference. He is representing the Anderson family, who he says is outraged the bond for Dedmon was set so low.

Thompson also said the murder may be classified as a hate crime. He went on to say, "Talking with the family members and information they received from the Jackson Police Department, there were some witnesses that say they heard one of the defendants shouting racial slurs." 

Thompson says he plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against both Rice and Dedmon.

Jackson police are also in possession of a surveillance video of the incident, but they are not releasing it to the media at this time.

James Craig Anderson's funeral will be held Saturday, July 2, at 11:00 a.m. at First Hyde Park M.B. Church.

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