Prosecutors said they are “unlikely” to pursue the death penalty for Deryl Dedmon, the white Mississippi teen found guilty of running over James Anderson, because the victim’s family opposes the death penalty for religious reasons.
On Wednesday, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith told ABCNews.com he’d make a formal announcement in the coming days after “strongly considering” the family’s wishes to spare Dedmon, 19, who was indicted with capital murder this week by a special grand jury.
“Nearly all of the time we would like for the families to be pleased with the outcome of their loved ones’ cases,” he said. “We try to give that family peace of mind.”
Anderson, who was black, was beaten by a group of seven white teens in June and then run over by a truck that Dedmon was driving. According to a civil suit filed by the Anderson family the teens drove to Jackson, Miss., “to go fuck with some niggers.” Prosecutors say the victim was attacked in a hotel parking lot next to a highway exit because he was the first black person they saw