Black man dies after being dragged behind white supremacists' truck

June 09, 1998
A black hitchhiker was dragged to his death behind a pickup truck in a racially motivated killing by three white men, two of whom have racist tattoos and may have ties to the Ku Klux Klan, authorities said today.
    The battered body of James Byrd Jr., 49, was found Sunday, the day after he was last seen apparently hitching a ride home from a party. ``All evidence shows it will be racially motivated,'' Jasper County Sheriff Billy Rowles said. He added that Byrd appeared to have been dragged two miles down a road in this East Texas county north of Beaumont.