CARTER COUNTY, Okla. -- After shocking allegations of a racially-motivated hate crime foiled just in the nick of time by a passerby last week, the community was shocked again when we found out the alleged victim made it all up. Robin Beal has the latest developments.
After allegations of a near-lynching sparked outrage in small communities throughout western Carter County, it was announced Thursday that the alleged victim, Glynis Davis, will have to tell a judge why he made it all up.
The story Davis told Carter County Sheriff Ken Grace was disturbing, to say the least, claiming he stopped on a country road near Milo to help an elderly rancher round up cattle. Davis, who is black, said four white men then appeared from out of nowhere and accused him of trying to steal those animals. Davis said they tried to string him up, even placing barbed wire around his neck.
Grace called the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and an investigation was launched. Mr. Davis told authorities the story was a fabrication days later.
"There’s a lot of nice folks over in the northwest part of the county around Milo, and I think that's really unfortunate that these sorts of allegations were made that may have reflected on them. I'm sure that they don't appreciate this. I don't appreciate it. And that's why we're filing the charge," Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd said.
Ladd says if convicted, Davis could spend 90 days in the county jail and be forced to pay a $500 fine. Ladd said it is not so much the severity of the punishment, but that it's the principle of the matter.