Special prosecutor appointed in Paris dragging case

LAMAR COUNTY, Tex. - The district attorney prosecuting a racially charged dragging death in Paris has recused himself.

Gary Young once represented one of the suspects.

A special prosecutor -- former Dallas prosecutor Toby Shook -- will oversee the case of the September death of a black man --Brandon McClelland.

Two white men are accused of running over McClelland after all three made a beer run, then got into an argument.

McClelland's body was dragged beneath a pickup near Paris.

Young in 2003 defended Shannon Finley, who eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter for fatally shooting a friend in the head.

Finley served four years in prison.

Finley and Charles Crostley remain jailed on bonds totally $800,000 and $525,000, respectively.

Shook says he hasn't decided whether he believes the McClelland killing was racially motivated.

Activists plan a rally Monday at the Lamar County Courthouse.

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


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  • by david Location: oklahoma on Nov 16, 2008 at 11:21 AM
    to me myself and i, i am black with alot of racial knowledge and commen sense
  • by KK Location: Sherman on Nov 14, 2008 at 11:51 AM
    Other reading material related to this story...scary part is how it has been made into a hate crime. http://www.newblackpanther.com/paristx.html http://www.kxii.com/home/headlines/30541384.html http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h2os3Oec67F6v92oIIy-6LagVqewD9415H3O3
  • by still Location: here on Nov 14, 2008 at 11:50 AM
    I dont care if they charge it with a race crime or not, as long as they never walk the streets again then who cares? This is still murder so if putting the race card in to make them have a heavier sentence is necessary then to me thats great. They shouldn't have done what they did so they need to pay.
  • by a texan Location: texas on Nov 14, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    why does this have to be racial? why can't it be about three drunk men having a fight? sorry one was black but nothing racial about while they were drinking and having a good time......this race war is senseless.
  • by Skeptic Location: Oklahoma on Nov 14, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    I cannot stand the thought of what might have been going thru this poor man's head as he was being killed. So much for "friends".
  • by Zyklon B Location: Sherman on Nov 14, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    It can't be a hate crime if there is one white, one messican, and one black. So the media turns the messican to a white. All three were obviously less than upright citizens. Thank God for the death penalty.
  • by john Location: irving on Nov 14, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    im with you mr. x! these people shouldnt be able to live! if this is what they do to their friends, imagine what they would do to you in one of their methed up rages! yea, i dont know if they do meth, but chances are they do, just look at a picture of em! and does it really matter if they were friends? look at what they did!
  • by my myself and i Location: here there everywhere on Nov 14, 2008 at 06:32 AM
    This was clearly a hate crime. They both have Caucasian names so he is not Hispanic. Your always try to justify for the these raciest crimes! If it were a white man you would probably try and blame everyone and their momma! You raciest idiots!
  • by david Location: oklahoma on Nov 13, 2008 at 11:29 PM
    just because they were so called friends dont mean this wasnt a hate crime, and because one of them was hispanic dont mean it wasnt one either and at the same time it may have not been, but can you tell me what a hate crime is
  • by MR. X Location: TX on Nov 13, 2008 at 04:54 PM
    NO, I'M NOT BLACK, I AM A WHITE PERSON IN LETTING YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE ALL THE SAME ON THE INSIDE AND THIS WAS MURDER. NO PERSON SHOULD BE TREATED AS THIS PERSON WAS. I DON'T CARE IF YOU ARE WHITE,BLACK, HISPANIC ARE WHATEVER, THIS JUST ISN'T THE WAY GOD INTENDED FOR A PERSON TO TREAT ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL. WE ARE SUPPOSE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER,NOT KILL. THESE TWO NEED TO BE RIGHTFULLY JUDGED FOR THEIR ACT. I STATED THAT THEY BOTH NEEDED TO BE HANG, THIS IS MY WAY SAYING THEY BOTH NEED TO EITHER BE IN PRISON FOR A LONG LONG TIME OR GIVEN THE DEATH SENTENCED. IF THEY ARE NOT GIVEN THE DEATH SENTENCED THEN GOD WILL PREPARE THEIR SENTENCED WHEN THEY GO SEE THEIR MAKER.
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