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Former white supremacist convicted in 1997 slaying of black man
Former white supremacist convicted in 1997 slaying of black man

A former white supremacist was convicted of murder Thursday in the beating and stabbing death of a black man in the Antelope Valley desert.  A Los Angeles jury deliberated for five hours before finding Richard Phillip Ritchie, 39, guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The jury also found that Ritchie killed Howard Garfield McClendon, 32, because of his race. According to prosecutors, Ritchie and Kelly Sorrell, 37, drove around in July 1997, searching for a black person to kill so that Sorrell could get a “lightning bolt” tattoo -- a symbol among white supremacists for slaying an African American. Ritchie and Sorrell lured McClendon into their...

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