A white father and son were charged with multiple charges by a grand jury, including attempted murders, 10 months after a black FedEx driver claimed he was stalked and shot after dropping off a package in a Mississippi town.
Gregory Case and his son Brandon were indicted this month by a Lincoln County grand jury for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit the murder crime, and shooting into a motor vehicle in connection with the alleged attack on D’Monterrio Gibson on January 24 in Brookhaven, about 55 miles south of Jackson. According to the latest census data, Brookhaven’s population is 59% black and 39% white.
Gregory Case was originally arrested in February on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and Brandon Case was originally arrested in February. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department said that each man’s bond was set at $500,000 for the increased fees and that both were committed. They have not yet been charged before a district court judge and a trial date has not yet been set. Brandon Case’s lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment. It wasn’t clear whether Gregory Case had hired a lawyer.
Gibson previously told CNNBreakingNews.net he thought the men were stalking him because he was black and because they thought he didn’t belong in their neighborhood.
Gibson said he was wearing a FedEx uniform when he dropped off a package at a house in Brookhaven on January 24. He said he wasn’t sitting in a FedEx truck, but in a Hertz van that FedEx had rented, with the landlord’s markings on the sides. As he left, he said, a man in a white pickup truck followed him attentively as he honked his horn. Gibson said he drove past a few houses and met a man standing in the middle of the street with a gun pointed at him. The man uttered the word “stop,” Gibson said.
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Gibson said he evaded to avoid the man who started shooting at the rear of the Hertz vehicle and damaging the van and the packages inside. He said he called his manager who told him to get back to the FedEx station and that the truck chased him onto a freeway near Brookhaven before he ended the chase. Gibson was not injured.
The next day, he went to the Brookhaven Police Department with one of his managers to file a police report. He had previously made a copy of it available to CNNBreakingNews.net. Gibson’s story was confirmed by the police report.
The encounter has drawn comparisons with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who ran through a neighborhood in Georgia in February 2020 when three white men chased him in a pair of vans for five minutes. Arbery was finally blocked between the trucks and ended up in a confrontation with one of the men who shot him. The white men — including a father and son — were convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Their lawyers had argued that the men suspected that Arbery had committed crimes in their neighborhood, but prosecutors said there was no evidence of this and jurors were not convinced. They were also found guilty of federal hate crimes charges, and the father and son both received an additional life sentence while the third man was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Gibson’s lawyer Carlos Moore said his client was pleased that the couple had been charged.