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‘Bizarre’ slaying probed as possible hate crime

Jun 2, 2010 10:16:00 PM - thestate.com

The killing of an African-American man whose body was dragged on a rope for more than 10 miles behind a truck on rural Newberry County roads is being investigated as a possible federal hate crime, SLED director Reggie Lloyd said Wednesday night.

The FBI was in Newberry County, located about 40 miles northwest of Columbia, looking for possible hate-crime-related evidence in the “bizarre” killing of Anthony Hill, 30, of Winnsboro, Lloyd said.

But Lloyd cautioned that state, local and federal officials have made no final determination in the case and are still gathering and processing evidence.

“We don’t yet have a definitive motive for all this,” Lloyd said.