Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has charged Deryl Dedmon, Jr. with Murder and John Aaron Rice, with Simple Assault. Both men are from Brandon, Mississippi.
“My deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of James Anderson,” stated Derrick Johnson, President of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference. “I have full confidence in the county prosecutor that the family will see justice in the matter.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.