3 indicted for burning cross at home of African American man in northeast Arkansas

By | November 2, 2010

Three men have been indicted on civil rights charges for allegedly burning a cross at the home of a black man in northeast Arkansas.

U.S. Attorney for the state’s Eastern District Jane Duke says the cross was set aflame at on Aug. 28 at a home in Salado. Duke says 22-year-old James Bradley Branscum and 24-year-old Tony Branscum, both of the town of Salado, and 18-year-old Curtis Coffee of Batesville are named in the three-count indictment.

They’re charged with interfering with housing rights, conspiring to interfere with housing rights and using fire in the commission of a felony. If convicted, each could face 30 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.

Chuck Bartels, AP