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D.A. says race, homosexuality not
primary motives in Stoner murder
By SAMANTHA McKENZIE
Chronide Staff Writer
Distict Attorney Tom Keith
s^tid race was not a primary motive
in the murder of Carlos Colon S ton
er, but did not ruled it out of the
The May 27 execution-style
murder of Stoner, the black man
who was found dead with his penis
cut off and put in his mouth, led to
the speculation that race was the
District Attorney Tom Keith
says the arraignment of the white
suspects, Mark Anthony Smith,
Dwayne Gregory Doby, Ricky
Eugene Knight and James Andrew
Gilbert, will happen within the next
Keith confirmed police reports
that homos?xu&ity has been ruled
out. He said, however, that while
race is not being ruled out it was not
a primary motive. "There's a thin
line. 1 can't say that race wasn't a
motive, but the (suspects) didn't just
go out and say 'let's go kill a black
person.' These guys were drinking
together. They knew each other," he
But community members who
held press conferences three weeks
ago after the details of the murdex
was made pubtte^say they stilt'
believe race was a primary motive
in the murder.
Jacqueline Teal, a Morningside.
resident who spearheaded one of
the press conference said, "I really
believe race was a motive in this
crime even if they are saying it's
not." Teal said statements that
rule race out of the mutilation* are
only attempts to pacify the com
According to neighbors, the
four suspects and S toner knew each
other and had drank wine together
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The Rev. John Mendez, con
vener for Citizens United for Justice
said, "It's impossibe to rule out race
just by looking at the very nature pf
the crime. The castration of a black
man's penis, historically has always
been a racial crime."
"Just because they knew each
other doesn't suggest that race was
not a motive," said Mendez.
The trial date will follow the
arraignment. Keith said he doesn't
expect the Stoner case to get a trial
date until next year. "Murder cases
take longer to come to trial. The
average murder case takes 230
days," he said.
Continued from page A1
to talk with both sides and "walk
; through this situation together to
f ; establish harmony and peace."
"We still don't know if this
W was an organized effort of some
white supremist group,* said one
indent even after Chief George
Sweat made a public statement
indication* an organized hate
group was behind Stone^s mur
The visit follows continued
concerns from community
groups that the hate-crimes may
beresuxgingin the city* she said. :
, "Wiuston-Salero has had a
history of racial tension, espe
cially in the surrounding areas
such as Clemmon#?* sh
MpC^y citedghe $97?
f^rworkeW Party W?g$M
^Greensboro wheretwo white
supremacists groups gunned
downed five people and were
acquitted following the 21-week
trial. Two of the six defendants* 11 ment and human relations com
Roland W. Wood and Jack W. missions are in the position to
Fowler, both of the Nazi address the issue and deal with it
supremist group, were residents head on. "The social reality is
of Winston-Salem. that hate-crimes exist. We have
"Many people know the his- to talk about whether bigotry and
toty of Forsyth County as being law enforcement agencies and
an advocate of white supremist human relations commissions are
movements," she continued* "If in the position to do that," she
these groups ate resurgirtg in this ^Said. 7 /
area we need to know."
"This crime has visual
implications of past imagery that
it was a hate crime * she saidr
McCoy said North Carolina
Only recently lost its position as
the state with highest hate-crime
activity in the late 1 980$.
"We were number in the
,&5n ufitil !^88 when the Neo
m Skinhead group kicked off
in the mid western states. For
most of the 1980s, this state was
the epic center organized hate
^ McCoy said law enforce
McCoy said the recent rul
ing by the Supreme Court that
cross-burnings ? an activity
practed by the Klu Klux Klan ? -
were freedom of speech and
expression, transcends the cli
mate for continued racial hatred.
"People have to start speaking
oat, even against the ruling of
the highest court. What is a real
dtiftocracy if we don't? It's not a
spectator sport," she said.
IFollowIng the meeting,
McCoy said the group will con
tinue monitoring hate-crime
activities in the area.
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School board vote
'There is an effort by this pre
sent board to quantum leap into a
redisricting mess," said Brown to
the small crowd that gathered
Brown said if the board does
make a decision on redisricting
before she and Marshall take their
seats, and it does not benefit chil
dren, they'll do all we can do undo
legally undo it"
Marshall said in December,
when Republican board members,
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Republicans to Democrats," said
The unanimous vote to have
Marshall and Brown sit on the
board as non-voting members was
turned down by both of them.
"They've invited us to dinner
and let us sit at the table, but didn't
give us a plate," said Marshall. "It's
an insult to the entire black commu
nity," he continued.
But while many, including
board members, say it will be
almost impossible to come up with
a final redistricting plan by Decem
ber, blacks said the decision was
reflective of the board's insensitivity
to the black community.
"It shows the insenstivity they
have to a large population of peo
ple, " said parent and school volun
teer, A1 Harvey.
"I'm concerned with the direc
tion of this school system. We can't
operate under the assumption that
they will wait until December.
They're playing partisan politics
Continued from page A1
with this issue by pleasing certain
groups, like Clemmons and Kern
ersville," Harvey continued.
The Rev. William S. Fails said
if the board stops perpetrating that
they are concerned with the needs
of the black community then the
people will stop accusing them of
"It was pure blatant racism.
We've waited 300 years. If they wait
six more months, it won't make a
difference,'1 he said.
Marshall said while protests
and civil disobedience have been
discussed it won't happen yet.
"Blacks are tired of being
played cheap," said Marshall. "A
lot of people want something done.
Many are willing to take certain
steps to get what they want also,
but I don't believe we are at that
point yet," he said. He said he will
address concerns at the upcoming
Concerned Citizens, Citizens
United for Justice and the East
Ward P. A.C. groups are in the pro
cess of scheduling meetings in dif
ferent areas of the black community
to discuss educational issues,
And before any plans of protest
begin, the Rev. Carlton Eversley,
said organization will come first.
"The people have to be organized so
we can begin holding any elected
official, black or white, and certain
ly the all-white school board
accountable," he said.
"They have proven that they
can not be responsible, respectful or
legitimate to the needs of our com
munity," he said
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