Police: Teen wasn't at scene of alleged hate crime

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A teenager charged in the death of a man who was run over by a pickup truck in Mississippi has been released from jail on $5,000 bond.

Police had charged 18-year-olds Deryl Dedmon and John Aaron Rice of Brandon with murder in the death of James Anderson. Both teens are white. Anderson was black.

However, a detective testified Monday that Rice was not at the scene when the truck struck Anderson. Hinds County Judge William Barnett sent the case to a grand jury on a reduced charge of simple assault and granted a $5,000 bond. Rice had been held without bond but was released from jail Monday afternoon.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith calls Anderson’s June 26 death a hate crime.

Dedmon is accused of driving the pickup truck and is jailed on $800,000 bond.