Vigilante mob beats wrong man to death in N.C.

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Vigilante mob beats wrong man to death in N.C.

Postby admin » Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:23 am

Updated: 10:59 a.m. ET Sept 3, 2006

MARSHVILLE, N.C. - An angry mob fatally beat a man whom they mistakenly thought was involved in the disappearance of their friend, shortly before police arrested and charged another person in the crime.

Union County Sheriff?s deputies found Tony Lorin Blakeney at his home with serious injuries Friday. He later died at a hospital.

Ten men, ages 16 to 30, were charged with murder in the attack. They were being held without bond until an Oct. 4 court date.

?This is the worst beating attack I?ve ever seen,? Sheriff Eddie Cathey said.

Authorities said they don?t believe Blakeney was connected to the disappearance and death of Patrick Antwone McClendon.
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Postby MurphyMobile » Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:23 pm

That is terrible. But it happens.
The public is quick to judge before the person gets a trial. And if
enough publicity gets out including pictures, the locals of a community
form their own posse and become hunters.

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