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Oklahoma hate crime case is dismissed pending federal probe

By BILL BRAUN - Tulsa World Modified: March 18, 2014 at 8:27 am •  Published: March 18, 2014

A hate crime charge filed in Tulsa County District Court has been dismissed pending a federal investigation into the matter, which potentially could mean federal charges will be filed instead.

Stuart David Manning, 43, of Tulsa was charged Jan. 10 with three misdemeanors: assault and battery, malicious injury to property, and malicious intimidation because of race or color — how Oklahoma's hate crime law is worded in state statutes.

Tulsa County prosecutors charged Manning with violating the state's hate crime law by hitting a woman in the forehead and vandalizing her vehicle while repeatedly calling her a "Muslim b----," according to an arrest and booking report.

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