A father and his son have been indicted by a grand jury after they allegedly pursued and shot a FedEx driver after he dropped off a package in a Mississippi town in January.
Brandon and Gregory Case, both white, were arrested again on Friday and charged with attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy and shooting in the vehicle of D’Monterrio Gibson, who is black. The charges were upgraded from conspiracy and aggravated assault.
Gibson, 24, was not injured. But the chase and shooting has sparked complaints of racism on social media in Brookhaven, about 55 miles south of the state capital of Jackson.
Gibson and his attorney, Carlos Moore, said they pushed prosecutors for nearly 10 months to seek charges.
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“It’s been an extremely long process getting this far into the case,” Gibson told WLBT-TV. “I feel like most of the time I’ve been treated like a suspect and not a victim.”
Moore likened the incident to the 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who ran empty-handed through a Georgia subdivision when three white strangers chased him and bludgeoned him with a shotgun.
Moore has called for a federal hate crime investigation into the case. A Justice Department spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press in February that the Department had received a request to investigate the case and was reviewing the request to determine next steps. The department did not provide an update on Tuesday.
Gibson said he was wearing a FedEx uniform and driving an unmarked pickup truck that FedEx had rented when he dropped off a package at a Brookhaven home on Jan. 24. As he left, he said he noticed a white pickup truck pulling away from another house on the same large lot.
The pickup driver then tried to stop him as he pulled out of the driveway, he said. Gibson spun around him and then encountered a second man who had a gun pointed at the van and motioned for it to stop. Gibson said the man fired as he drove away, damaging the van and the packages inside. He said the white pickup chased him to the freeway near Brookhaven before ending the pursuit.
Brandon and Gregory Case’s attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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The cases were first arrested in February and released after posting bail on lesser charges. According to the Brookhaven Daily Leader, Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said bail was set at $500,000 for the increased charges.
Moore doesn’t expect the case to go to court until May 2023 at the earliest.