Hearing postponed for former MU student accused of racist vandalism

Monday, May 21, 2012 | 5:59 p.m. CDT; updated 6:16 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 21, 2012

A pretrial hearing was rescheduled Monday for a former MU student accused of spray painting racist graffiti on the MU campus. The property damage occurred in February 2011 and appeared to be a slur related to Black History Month.

The hearing is now scheduled for 3 p.m. June 4 at the Boone County Courthouse. A trial has been set for June 7.

Benjamin A. Elliott, then 18, was arrested in connection with racist graffiti spray painted on a statue near Hatch Residence Hall. He faces charges of second-degree property damage, a class D felony because the incident is considered to be a hate crime. Second-degree property damage is normally a class B misdemeanor.

At the time, Elliott was a freshman from Rolla in the College of Arts and Science.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.


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