Stigma lingers in Jasper, 13 years after dragging death

JASPER, TX (AP) - A purported white supremacist is set to be executed for participating in a notorious hate crime in Texas, in which a black man was chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged to his death.

Lawrence Russell Brewer is scheduled for lethal injection Wednesday. He was condemned for fastening 49-year-old James Byrd Jr. to the truck in Jasper, Texas, in 1998 and pulling him along a bumpy road.

Brewer's punishment puts a spotlight back on Jasper, which was branded by the crime. The perception of racism has resurfaced with an attempt to oust three black city council members who helped confirm a black man as police chief. Many say the label is unfair.

Another man's case in Byrd's death remains under appeal. A third got life in prison.

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