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Your Black Life: Black Man Lynched In Texas?

PARIS, Texas (FinalCall.com) – When the body of a 24-year-old Black man in Paris, Texas was discovered in the middle of a busy road, law enforcement declared the case a hit and run by an unidentified driver.

Now this small racially-divided town’s worst fears are brewing, with evidence pointing towards two White men who picked up Brandon Clelland in their Dodge truck before he was found mutilated and dismembered in September.

Forensics performed by the Texas Rangers found blood from Mr. McClelland and other DNA evidence on the undercarriage of the truck which has the victim’s family calling the death a “Jasper-style” lynching. The term is a reference to the murder of a Black man in Jasper, Texas in 1998.

“The tied my son to that truck and drugged him until his body parts were detached,” said Jacqueline McClelland, the victim’s mother in an interview with The Final Call. “His body was so destroyed that it could not even be embalmed by the funeral home. This is a hate crime. I don’t want the death penalty for these killers because that would be too quick. I want them to suffer for life in jail without parole since I will never have my son back.”

The Lamar County District Attorney has decided race is not a factor in the death of Mr. McClelland because he was friends with alleged assailants Shannon Finley and Charles Ryan Crostley. Both men are 27-years-old.

Angry family members and community activists, however, are demanding a thorough investigation into a possible hate crime they say parallels the lynching of James Byrd Jr., in Jasper, Texas, which is several hours south of Paris […]

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  1. SIXX
    April 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    These men are INNOCENT. Brandon was killed by a gravel truck and it will be proved in trial.
    How will the black community react? By the way, I am black.


    Evidence frays in murder case
    Forensic tests don’t back initial claim in racially charged dragging death
    By Howard Witt | Tribune correspondent
    12:58 AM CDT, April 13, 2009

    PARIS, Texas— Four months after a grand jury indicted two white men in connection with the dragging death of a black man in this racially troubled northeast Texas town, key evidence against the pair appears to be evaporating amid growing optimism by one defense attorney that he can win an acquittal when the first case comes to trial in July.

    But an initial police claim that investigators had found blood on the underside of the pickup has not been confirmed by more thorough forensic testing, which failed to verify the presence of any human material or DNA beneath the truck, special prosecutor Toby Shook confirmed to the Tribune.

    The two-lane road where McClelland’s body was found is a common route for large trucks carrying gravel from a nearby pit, and Massar said the battered state of McClelland’s partially dismembered body was consistent with having been struck by a heavy gravel truck traveling at high speed.

    “We have two witnesses that will be very good for us — two guys from Arkansas that came upon the body just moments after they were run off the road by a gravel truck,” Massar said. “Look, this case is a tragic situation. The fact that somebody died is difficult to overcome. But we’re very confident in this case.”

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