Victim's mother sees autopsy report in Paris dragging death

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email
PARIS, TX ― The mother of a man who was allegedly dragged to death in Paris, Texas, says she is ready for justice to be served. Jacqueline McClelland says autopsy results on her 24-year-old son Brandon McClelland reveal his body was torn apart so badly that he could not even be embalmed.

Crostley (left), and Finley

PARIS, Tex. ― The mother of a man who was allegedly dragged to death in Paris, Texas, says she is ready for justice to be served. Jacqueline McClelland says autopsy results on her 24-year-old son Brandon McClelland reveal his body was torn apart so badly that he could not even be embalmed.

Lamar County Sheriff's officials say Shannon Keith Finley, 27, and Charles Ryan Crostley, 24, purposefully ran over McClelland and then dragged his body with a car about seventy feet.

Investigators say this happened after an argument on the way home from a late night beer run.

McClelland says her son knew the men who ran him over, but she wants authorities to pursue the case as a hate crime.

"My son, parts of his brain was missing. His skull was busted open, his leg was almost completely torn off. It was pretty bad," Jacqueline McClelland told First News.

The Lamar County District Attorney's Office refused to comment on the case, which is expected to go to the grand jury next week. McClelland’s attorney says it will then be decided whether the case will be classified as a hate crime.


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  • by Sad Location: Paris on Jan 15, 2009 at 11:24 PM
    All of this is truly tragic!! I am a mother of 3 and Im not quite sure how I would ract if this was one of my girls. But, The FACT IS These guys grew up together and spent the night at each others families homes. Sure is funny how a Low Rider Truck can run over and drag a grown man for??? how many feet? 70? It is not Racially Motivated and anyone that knew these guys KNOWS THIS!! The Bible Says "CAST the 1st stone YE who are without sin" and GOD Says "Vengence is MINE". This world is Going down not up to Heaven if we don't change our ways! Hate breeds Hate. And we are all guilty of it at least once in our lives. I pray for This town and its people!
  • by HOPE Location: LOCAL on Dec 4, 2008 at 11:42 AM
    I'M VERY SORRY FOR THE DEATH OF THIS YOUNG MAN. BUT I CAN NOT SEE HOW THIS IS A HATE CRIME. THESE GUYS WERE ALL FREINDS. YOU WANT TO HATE SOMETHING ARE SOMEONE HATE THE PERSONS WHO SOLD THEM THE BEER. SOUNDS TO ME LIKE YOU ARE MORE WORIED ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY, AND HOW MUCH STUFF YOU CAN STARE UP. PLEASE IT IS CHRISTMAS, THINK OF YOUR SON IN A BETTER PLACE. HE NOW WALKS WITH JESSUS.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2008 at 11:10 AM
    Prays and thoughts are with the family of the victum.
  • by Mythoughts Location: Ardmore on Dec 4, 2008 at 10:49 AM
    If that were my child I would have never run to the media with these details. Some people should respect the dead and not exploit the horrific injuries their body received at death. Thoses are best left in court room. As far as the mother of the victim, you are doing nothing more for your son at this point. Running around yelling hate crime isn't going to bring him back. Face it, he was friends with the wrong people and it got him killed. The victim here was also involved in a seperate case of manslaughter in which he provided false testimony for Finley. Birds of a feather flock together.
  • by Lisa Location: Sherman on Dec 4, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    Why was that piece of trash Finley ever let out of prison to begin with when he had already killed a man???
  • by Sad on Dec 4, 2008 at 10:02 AM
    Tie them to a truck and drag them! We're too easy on people who murder others. An eye for an eye!
  • by taser on Dec 4, 2008 at 02:43 AM
    hate crime of not...these man shall not live to see another day or live to speak another word...what these two did his horrible..make them both suffer...
  • by Anonymous on Dec 3, 2008 at 07:53 PM
    Its kinda wierd how everything white people do is racist,when the blacks get away with everything. im not saying he deserved this or anything. if it was a black that killed a white it wouldnt be near as big of a deal. the blacks want to take control!!!!
  • by Sadened Location: OK on Dec 3, 2008 at 07:28 PM
    To: Anonymous on Dec 3, 2008 at 04:21 PM - The story was posted because it's NEWS! I agree it is gruesome, however sometimes the news IS grewsome but it still needs to be reported. The public NEEDS to know and be aware of these situations, and that's what KXII is doing! These people are horrible and deserve the same death they gave this poor young man. God Bless the family of this victim!
  • by Brad on Dec 3, 2008 at 03:47 PM
    They are all getting what they deserve after killing Mark Sneed in 2001 ! End of story
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