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      Gag order requested in Newberry murder/dragging

      Hill's body was found in Newberry after officials say he was shot to death, then dragged behind a pick-up truck for several miles down rural roads in early June.

      NEWBERRY (WACH) -- Attorneys representing the man accused of the murder and dragging of a Midlands man last month are requesting a gag order be placed on the trial.

      Nineteen-year-old Gregory Collins is headed to trial accused of the murder of 30-year-old Anthony Hill.

      Hill's body was found in Newberry after officials say he was shot to death, then dragged behind a pick-up truck for several miles down rural roads in early June.

      Collins' lawyers say comments made by Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster ignited "excessive publicity."

      There has been plenty of other controversy surrounding the case.

      The New Black Panther Party has been vocal about their opinion that the incident should be classified as a hate crime.

      Authorities continue their investigation, but say it's unclear as to whether it was a hate crime.

      The hearing for the gag order request will be held Friday morning at 10 a.m. in Newberry.

      Click here to read the entire motion for the gag order from Collins' attorneys.

      Check back Friday for the very outcome of the hearing.

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