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March 1, 2017 -- 

Imagine the media firestorm had a white teen murdered an elderly black man and set him on fire.

There was no firestorm. The crime was black-on-white.

According to, 85-year-old Gene Emory Dacus was murdered in his own backyard. The suspect is a neighborhood teenager.

Thomas Sims, now 19, has been indicted on charges of capital murder, reports say. The motive for the crime appears to be robbery. The accused allegedly made off with the elderly Korean War veterans wallet and pickup truck.

The crime occurred in North Birmingham, Alabama in 2016.

From we read:

A Birmingham teen has been indicted in the killing of an elderly Korean War veteran who was stabbed and then set on fire in his North Birmingham back yard. A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Thomas Sims, now 19, with capital murder, according to records made public Wednesday. Sims, a neighbor of victim Gene Emory Dacus, has been jailed without bond since August 2016. Court records show the 85-year-old Dacus, known by his neighbors as "Mr. Gene," was killed during the theft of his Dodge pickup truck, as well as his wallet. The case against Sims, who lived near the victim, was bound over to a grand jury after a preliminary hearing was held last October. A judge ruled there was enough evidence to present the case for indictment consideration because Sims admitted to being present while Dacus was stabbed, admitted to burning Dacus and was seen by a witness driving Dacus' truck after the slaying. The grand jury issued the indictment Feb. 10.

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