A murder case that shook up residents of Newberry County is ready to go before a grand jury. On June 2, a white man, Gregory Collins, allegedly shot and killed his black co-worker, Anthony Hill, then proceeded to tie his body with rope to the back of his pick-up truck and drag him for more than 10 miles.
Now, nearly a month later, prosecutors say they are ready to make the case for indictment. Collins is currently in custody, and if convicted, faces life in prison. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says, “We are working together to insure the highest level of law enforcement services to the people affected.”
Brought in to assist in the case is the Department of Justice Community Relations Service, which is the Department’s “peacemaker” for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences in race, color and national origin.
Foster says charges have been filed, but federal, state and local agencies are still investigating the case, including the motivation of the crime.