JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A judge has set a $5,000 bond for a teenager charged in the death of a man who was run over by a pickup truck in Jackson.
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.
Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith calls Anderson's June 26 death a hate crime. He says the grand jury could consider a stiffer crime than assault.
Dedmon is accused of driving the pickup truck and is jailed on $800,000 bond.