MURFREESBORO, Tennessee. – A Tennessee in the jail intercepted a letter from an inmate to a white supremacist group, in which he confesses to killing a black man.
The Daily News Journal reports 53-year-old John Daniel Carothers is charged with murder in the death of the 40-year-old Robert Miller, who put a fire at a Veterans’ Affairs assisted living home in March. The letter of Rutherford County prosecutors are considering further research to determine whether hate crime sentencing enhancement could be applied, the newspaper reports.
In the letter to the American Institute of Theology in Arkansas, Carothers called for a study of the Bible and says that he believes that the Bible is “about white people and for white people” and says that he is in prison “for the burning of a black man who I set him on fire with lighter fluid poured on his head.”
Murfreesboro police detective Jacob Fountain testified during an Aug. 8 court hearing that the guards decided to intercept the letter after researching the organization to which the e-mail is addressed.
“They saw was what they thought as a white supremacist type of deal,” Fountain told the court last month to describe the prison of the staff of the research to the AIT.
The Anti-Defamation League describes AIT as a small but long-lasting group in the Christian Identity movement, which aims to be a racist and anti-Semitic religious doctrine.
District Attorney Jennings Jones said that the local officials not as many racially motivated crimes in Rutherford County.
“We have our share of crime, but we really have not seen that this is the style of the crime driven by racial animus,” Jennings said. “This is different from what we normally see in Rutherford County.”
Information from: The Daily News Journal http://www.dnj.com