Black man's death in Paris raises tensions

PARIS, Tex. - A black man died under a pickup in East Texas last month and two white men have been charged with murder in a case drawing racial attention.

A flier advertising a memorial service tomorrow in Paris for 24-year-old Brandon McClelland say he was "the victim of a brutal and racist hate crime."

Prosecutor Bill Harris says he's seen no evidence that McClelland's death was racially motivated.

Harris says investigators are looking into whether Shannon Keith Finley, who has served time for killing a friend, was in a racist gang behind bars.

Authorities say McClelland was run over by the truck and dragged after going with two white acquaintances -- Finley and Charles Ryan Crostley -- on a late-night beer run to Oklahoma.

His torn-apart body was discovered along a rural road Sept. 16.

Crostley and Finley are jailed on charges of murder and evidence-tampering.

Finley's attorney did not immediately comment. There was no answer at the phone listing for Crostley's lawyer.

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Here's more:

-- Finley and Crostley told police they left the dry town to get beer in Oklahoma, and on the way back the three -- all apparently drunk -- argued about who was sober enough to drive.

The two told police McClelland decided to walk home -- taking some beer with him.

But Finley's estranged wife and one of his friends says they were told by the two defendants that Finley began to bump McClelland with his truck until McClelland fell, and Finley drove over him.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by HERE Location: DENISON on Oct 30, 2008 at 04:22 AM
    MY SON AND HIS FRIEND WERE ASUALTED BY A GANG OF YOUNG BLACK YOUTHS IN TOWN,I COMPLAINED TO THE POLICE AND NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT THAT. I LET ONE OF THE OFFICERS ON DUTY TAKE PICTURES OF WHERE MY SON WAS SHOT REPEATEDLY WITH A PELLET PISTOL TALK ABOUY RACISIM WHY WOULDNT THE POLICE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT INCIDENT,WOULDNT ANYONE THINK THIS IS BIAS RACISM.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2008 at 08:07 PM
    Barry will make it worse for racial tensions.
  • by Just saying Location: denison on Oct 29, 2008 at 06:53 PM
    I agree if a black man kills a white man why is that not the same? Is it do to the fact that some people still use the racial crutch? I think god made all men =.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Oct 28, 2008 at 11:32 AM
    Which is worse- white racists, black racists, Hispanic racists, Native American racists, or Asian racists? The correct answer is- all of the above. Racism sucks, no matter what your skin color. The only race we need to concern ourselves with is the one we all belong to- the HUMAN race.
  • by Anon Location: Oklahoma on Oct 27, 2008 at 10:53 AM
    Black, white, hispanic-it doesn't matter. This world just needs to get along. There is racism in every race and unfortunately there probably always will be.
  • by jabo on Oct 27, 2008 at 10:29 AM
    If this was a White man killed by a Black man we would'nt be talking bout this !!
  • by not an okie Location: here on Oct 27, 2008 at 10:22 AM
    First of all, stop tryin to blame others for all the white raciest people.99% of the time when these types of incidents occure its because a WHITE person has done them..
  • by here Location: still here on Oct 27, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    i know hispanics that do not have hispanic names and then i see hispanic names and they don't look like they have an ounce of blood of hispanic in them. so don't assume you would be surprised!
  • by here Location: still here on Oct 27, 2008 at 07:26 AM
    these guys need to feel what its like to be dragged by a truck, they are sick and i don't buy the story that they were too drunk to realize that they ran over a grown man! this is a shame and sad that this happened. prayers go out to all family's
  • by dawn Location: duncan, okla. on Oct 27, 2008 at 04:03 AM
    First of all that guy in the picture on the left is a mexican if I've ever seen one. They need to quit calling mexicans white. I feel for the family of the deceased may they find peace.
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