Daryl Dedmon was convicted for the murder of James Craig Anderson. On June 26, 2011 seven young white men from Rankin County drove into Jackson, MS with the intention of committing hate crimes against black people. They attacked James Craig Anderson, a black man, beating him, robbing him, and finally running him over with their truck, killing him. Witnesses reported the young men were yelling out racial slurs while fleeing the scene. Dedmon was the first and primary individual charged. 4 other young men involved were prosecuted in 2012. The case also attracted the attention of the LGBT rights movement, as James Craig Anderson had a male partner who was not allowed to participate in the wrongful death suit, as he was not legally recognized as his partner.