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4 more suspects indicted in death of blacks in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Four more people have been indicted in what prosecutors say were racially motivated attacks on blacks in Mississippi.

John Lewis Blaylack, 20, Sarah Adelia Graves, 21, Robert Henry Rice, 23, and Shelby Brooke Richards, 20, entered not-guilty pleas Wednesday before Magistrate Keith Ball on various charges including conspiracy and committing a hate crime.

Ball set bond at $100,000 for each of them.

A tentative trial date is set for Sept. 15 before U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate.

The June 2011 death of James Craig Anderson sparked an investigation into reports that groups of white young men and women would drive from the majority-white suburbs of Rankin County into the majority-black capital city of Jackson, seeking black people to verbally harass and physically assault.

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