Men indicted for shooting at Mississippi delivery driver

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A father and son have been indicted by a grand jury after they allegedly chased and shot a FedEx driver in January after dropping off a package in a Mississippi town.

Brandon and Gregory Case, who are both white, were re-arrested on Friday and charged with attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy and shooting the vehicle of D’Monterrio Gibson, who is black. The charges were reclassified to conspiracy and aggravated assault.

Gibson, 24, was not injured. But the chase and the gunshots sparked complaints of racism on social media in Brookhaven, about 90 miles south of the state capital, Jackson.

Gibson and his attorney, Carlos Moore, said they pushed prosecutors to get an indictment for nearly 10 months.

“It was an extremely long process to get this far in the case,” Gibson told WLBT-TV. “I feel like most of the time I was treated like a suspect rather than a victim.”

Moore compared the incident to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was running empty-handed through a Georgia subdivision in 2020 when three unknown white men chased him and blasted him with a shotgun. .

Moore called for a federal hate crimes investigation into the case. A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed to The Associated Press in February that the department had received a request to review the case and was reviewing the request to determine next steps. The ministry did not provide an update 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 home in Brookhaven on Jan. 24. As he was leaving, he said he noticed a white van driving away from another house on the same large lot.

The driver of the van then tried to cut him off as he pulled out of the driveway, he said. Gibson swerved around him and then encountered a second man who had a gun pointed at the van and motioned him 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.

Attorneys for Brandon and Gregory Case did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The cases were originally arrested in February and released after posting bail for lesser charges. Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said bail was set at $500,000 for the enhanced charges, according to the Brookhaven Daily Leader.

Moore does not expect the case to go to trial until May 2023 at the earliest.

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