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Preliminary hate crime charge filed against Decatur man for Facebook message

Preliminary hate crime charge filed against Decatur man for Facebook message


DECATUR — A 26-year-old man is facing a preliminary hate crime charge after police say he called a woman racial slurs using Facebook Messenger. 

Decatur police Sgt. Chris Copeland said the incident happened after the woman testified at a bond reduction hearing for her husband, who is in prison for a 2018 homicide.

A friend of the victim sought out the woman on social media and contacted her on Messenger and used the slurs, Copeland said.

​​Police obtained a search warrant for the Facebook profile, confirmed his identity and issued an arrest warrant this month, Copeland said.

He said the 26-year-old was arrested Monday on a preliminary charge of hate crime, which is subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. Bond was set at $7,500.

UPDATE: The woman who authorities identified as the person contacted via Facebook told the Herald & Review on Wednesday that she also received threatening phone calls from the man.  Police said they would not elaborate about the comments. 

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Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites


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