Jamie Underwood faces the death penalty on murder charges stemming from a series of at least four home invasion attacks on Sept, 30, 2005 in and around Tifton, about 170 miles south of Atlanta.
The brutality of the killings, in which the victims were beaten, shot and, in at least one case, raped, shocked the thousands of immigrants who have flocked to south Georgia to pick vegetables, tobacco and peaches.
There are four defendants involved in the murders and six dead Mexican immigrants. You have to get to the very last line of the article to get this information:
All four are black, stirring local speculation that the attacks were racially motivated. However, police have said there is no evidence of that.
Had the article not had that last bit, I would never have even asked myself this question, but I know some of you are probably thinking the same thing — if the defendants were white, would the media and/or prosecutors be casting this as a hate crime?