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FBI will Investigate Brandon Coleman Murder

Posted: Nov 1, 2013 10:14 AM by The Associated Press
Updated: Nov 1, 2013 10:20 AM

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COLUMBIA (AP) - The FBI will investigate the shooting of a young black man in Columbia after the local prosecutor declined to press charges.

Twenty-five-year-old Brandon Coleman, a groundskeeper at the University of Missouri, was shot to death by a white man May 19 after a confrontation in Columbia. Boone County prosecutor Dan Knight announced Wednesday that he wouldn't file charges, saying the shooting was "legally justified" under the state's self-defense laws.

Coleman's mother sought the federal investigation because she believes racial prejudice played a role in Knight's decision.

Don Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, told The Columbia Daily Tribune Thursday that the FBI will investigate and work with Dickinson's office and the Department of Justice to determine if federal charges will be filed.

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