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1 more guilty of hate crime in Miss. rundown case

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm •  Published: December 4, 2012

Prosecutors said in court documents that on one occasion Gaskamp and other people drove to Jackson to find an African-American to assault, and that Gaskamp took a .40 caliber handgun. The group hurled beer bottles at black pedestrians, then saw a black man who appeared to be drunk. Prosecutors said the group included Dedmon, Rice and Gaskamp. Dedmon and Rice punched and kicked the man in the body, head and face "until the man begged for his life," court papers said.

"Members of the group thought it was funny that the man pleaded for his life," prosecutor Sheldon Beer said in court.

After the group left in a white Jeep, Gaskamp wanted to go back "so that he could use the gun he had brought with him to shoot the African-American man they just assaulted," court papers said. They didn't go back.

On the night of June 25, 2011, Gaskamp was at a party in Puckett in the suburbs and someone suggested that a group go to Jackson to harass and assault black people. Gaskamp did not go to Jackson that night, but others did after midnight, prosecutors said in court papers.

Police have said at least seven people were there before dawn on June 26, 2011, when Anderson was beaten and run over, including two teenage girls who were in the truck with Dedmon. They found Anderson at a west Jackson hotel. Rice and Dedmon assaulted Anderson while others stayed in the vehicles, prosecutors said.

A video from a hotel surveillance camera shows Rice, Butler and two others in a white Jeep Cherokee leaving the hotel parking lot at 5:05 a.m. Less than 20 seconds later, Dedmon's green Ford F-250 backs up and then lunges forward. Anderson's shirt is illuminated in the headlights before he disappears under the vehicle next to the curb.

Relatives and attorneys for the defendants would not comment Tuesday outside the courtroom.

Dedmon, Butler and Rice pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges in March. Dedmon also pleaded guilty to state murder and hate crime charges and was given two life sentences. Federal prosecutors have said Dedmon, Rice and Butler were cooperating in the continuing investigation of Anderson's death.