Four Men and One Woman from Arkansas Indicted on Charges Stemming from the Firebombing of an Interracial Couple’s Home-HATE CRIME

Cat 2011/04/07 22:50:26
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Four Men and One Woman from Arkansas Indicted on Charges Stemming from the Firebombing of an Interracial Couple’s Home

– Jason Barnwell, 37, of Evening Shade, Ark.; Gary Dodson, 32, of
Waldron, Ark.; Jake Murphy, 19, also of Waldron; and Dustin Hammond, 20,
of Hardy, Ark., were indicted by a federal grand jury on civil rights
charges and other federal charges stemming from their participation in
an incident in January 2011 involving Molotov cocktails thrown at and
into the home of a mixed-race couple living near Hardy, Ark.

The couple was also barraged with racial slurs and threatened
with future violence if they did not leave Arkansas. Wendy Treybig, 31,
of Evening Shade, Ark., was indicted for obstruction of justice for her
role in trying to cover up the incident.

Specifically, Barnwell, Dodson, Murphy and Hammond are charged with one
count of conspiracy to interfere with the housing rights of another, one
count of interfering with the housing rights of another, one count of
possessing an unregistered firearm, one count of using fire in the
commission of a felony, and one count of using a destructive device in
furtherance of a crime of violence.

Barnwell is also charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm.

If convicted, Barnwell faces up to 85 years in prison.

If convicted, Dodson, Murphy and Hammond face up to 70 years in prison.

If convicted, Treybig faces up to 20 years in prison.


This investigation was led by the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) of
the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives;
along with the Arkansas State Police; the Hardy and Waldron Police
Departments; and the Scott and Sharp County Sheriff's Offices.

The charges set forth in an indictment are merely allegations.

The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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  • rustyshackelford 2012/09/24 06:48:45
  • MarinerFH 2011/04/08 01:07:58
  • The Gasser MarinerFH 2011/04/08 01:30:44
    The Gasser
    That is the truth defined to the core !!
  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2011/04/07 23:28:33
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    They should be prosecuted for a hate crime. That is why we have hate crimes legislation.
    I assume they are whites, but if they were black, would they be charged and prosecuted
    for a hate crime. Hate is hate, and should be prosecuted, but in this DOJ that is not
    always the case. In this DOJ justice is not always blind.
  • LesWaggoner BN 1 2011/04/07 23:04:56
    LesWaggoner BN 1
    If they are found guilty they should receive the maximum penalties for their actions.
  • Red Branch 2011/04/07 23:00:57
    Red Branch
    Great selection Cat.
  • holdenferall 2011/04/07 22:59:14
    No such thing as a "hate crime", but they should be put away for a very, very long time.

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