Human rights group plans to speak out about murder in Ja - - Jackson, MS

Human rights group plans to speak out about James C. Anderson's murder

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A human rights group based in Georgia was traveling to Jackson Saturday.  They want to speak out against the brutal murder of James Craig Anderson.  The event is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the scene of the crime, the Metro Inn on Ellis Avenue.

That was where Anderson was killed in a hit and run back in June.  Surveillance video showed a group of white teens first beating Anderson.  Then according to police, Deryl Dedmon used his truck to run over him.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith called it a hate crime and claimed Dedmon set out to harm a black person.  The 19-year-old has been charged with capital murder. John Rice, 18, was also arrested for the crime.  He faces a simple assault charge.  Anderson's family wants to see other teens who were present that night charged as well.

"I have only one thing to tell the media," said Anderson's older sister Brenda Anderson.  "Go to Brandon, Mississippi and get those other five murderers who committed such a horrendous violent act against my beloved brother, James Craig Anderson!"

Dedmon is being held in isolation at the Hinds County Detention Center.  The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation of the case.

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