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      Investigators: Misinformation may hamper dragging death case

      Sheriff Lee Foster said that his department, along with SLED and the FBI are still working to determine whether or not the murder was or was not a hate crime.

      Newberry County officials continue their investigation into the death of a Kershaw County man who was shot then dragged behind a truck for 10 miles.

      But investigators are worried that misinformation may get in the way of their ongoing work.

      The Newberry Sheriff's Department says an allegation saying they declared that the case is not a hate crime is completely untrue.

      Sheriff Lee Foster said that his department, along with SLED and the FBI are still working to determine whether or not the murder was or was not a hate crime. A motive has yet to be identified, and the case remains unclassified.

      There is not one person in Newberry County who should not be upset about the actions of Gregory Collins, Foster said. However; it is critical at times such as this that we unite together, stand unified, and allow our legal system to handle this matter. Our community has been and continues to be strong because of the bond that law enforcement and the community share. We must work together to see this incident through to justice and not allow ourselves to be divided from that common goal.

      Deputies arrested 19-year-old Gregory Collins of Newberry the day they found the body of 30-year-old Anthony Hill lying dead in the middle of the road.

      If you have any information in this case, you're urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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