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Trial of Lone Spay Painting White Racist on Hold
Case of Kingsport man accused of spray-painting racist graffiti on Interstate 26 postponed; pretrial diversion request still pending.
A Kingsport man will have to wait a little bit longer to hear whether he will get pretrial diversion on a vandalism charge alleging he spray-painted graffiti that police have described as, "racist, obscene and threatening to President Obama" on an Interstate 26 overpass.
Andy B. Frye, 20, 1608 Seaver Road, asked for pretrial diversion following his arraignment on a charge of vandalism over $500 in Blountville court in January. He had been indicted on the charge in September 2009. As of Friday, Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Gene Perrin said Frye's probation eligibility report still has not been filed. It must be filed before he can decide whether to grant it or not.
According to a Kingsport Police Department news release issued after Frye's arrest, the vandalism on the Meadowview Parkway I-26 overpass was reported on April 19. Some of the graffiti referred to Obama as "the modern Hitler," while other beams on the underpass read "all blacks must die" and "KKK." Photos of the graffiti are posted on the Web site of the Douglass Alumni Association, a community group based in the Riverview section of Kingsport.
Det. Chris Tincher said Frye was developed as a suspect following a report on the vandalism that was aired by WCYB-TV. Anonymous tipsters then contacted Kingsport police and implicated Frye. Tipsters said Frye had also posted racist and anti-Obama comments on the Internet, but authorities were unable to verify those claims, Tincher said.
Frye's case has been reset to July 22. Ref. Kingsport Times-News May 14th, 2010
Note that this become an issues for black racial activists in Bristol tried to use this as a political issue. Note that Frye is merely charges with vandalism, not hate crime charges. Oddly this isn't the only graffiti in the area, but the only one prosecuted.
Also see Mass Shooting in Bristol, Tennessee Public Housing
Zero Tolerance Policies and African Americans in Tennessee Schools
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