PARIS, Texas (AP) - A judge today moved the trial of two white men accused in the 2008 death of a black man from Paris who was run over and dragged by a pickup.
Judge Scott McDowell ruled that Shannon Finley and Charles Crostley will be tried separately in Sulphur Springs, in Hopkins County. That's about 40 miles south of Paris, which is in Lamar County.
The murder case had been set to be tried in Paris -- a town with a history of tense race relations.
The defendants are charged with murder in the death of 24-year-old Brandon McClelland, whose mangled body was found Sept. 16 on a country road.
Authorities have said the three men were friends and the death happened on the way home from a beer run. McClelland's body was caught beneath the truck and dragged about 70 feet.
Finley's trial is scheduled for July 20. Crostley's trial will begin Sept. 21.
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