Eighteen-year-old Deryl Dedmon of Brandon, Mississippi, is accused of beating then savagely smashing 49-year-old James Anderson with a pickup truck before boasting, 'I ran that n****r over'. CCTV footage shows the attackers driving into a parking lot and beating Anderson, while repeatedly yelling racist phrases including, 'white power', according to witnesses.
In the clip (below), Anderson is shown staggering towards the headlights of the truck after being beaten, before the vehicle surges ahead, running him over and killing him instantly.
The group of teens, led by Dedmon, had been partying and drinking in a middle-class neighbourhood in the predominantly white Rankin County on June 26, when Dedmon told friends they should leave, saying 'let's go f**k with some n*****s', according to police.
Seven teenagers got into Dedmon's green Ford 250 truck and a white SUV Cherokee and drove 16 miles to the western edge of Jackson, which is a largely black area, just before dawn on the Sunday morning. As they left Interstate 20, they spotted Mr. Anderson in a parking lot beside the exit ramp. 'This is the first business that you get to coming off the highway and so that was the first person that was out here and vulnerable,' district attorney Robert Shuler Smith told CNN.
The surveillance footage shows the vehicles driving into the parking lot and stopping where Mr. Anderson is standing just off camera. The teenagers are shown going between the cars and Mr. Anderson, as witnesses say they repeatedly beat him. Two girls get back into the pick-up truck with Dedmon and the video shows Mr Anderson staggering towards the vehicle.
The truck suddenly charges forward, running him over before speeding away from the scene.
Shortly after, Dedmon boasted and laughed about the killing telling friends in the other car on the phone 'I ran that n****r over', according to witness statements. 'He was not remorseful he was laughing, laughing about the killing,' said Mr Smith.
'This was a crime of hate. Dedmon murdered this man because he was black. The evidence will show that.' The grieving family of Mr Anderson said they are shocked at the horrific attack.
'It appears there is no doubt that this was a racially motivated killing,' their attorney told CNN. "The family is still in shock still in disbelief.' The suspected ringleader Deryl Dedmon has been charged with murder and faces a possible double life sentence.
During a bond hearing, his lawyer said that there was nothing to back up the 'racial allegations'. A second teenager, John Aaron Rice, 18, has been charged with simple assault for his part in the attack. Neither suspect has entered a plea. The other teenagers in the group have not been charged.