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Former Ozark Klan Leader indicted in Cross Burning

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OZARK (update) -- A onetime Ku Klux Klan leader is charged with burning a cross in a mostly black neighborhood in southeast Alabama. Neighbors in the areas said they do not recall the incident that occurred four years ago.

Police arrested 28 year old Steven Joshua Dinkle in Mississippi on November 27, 2013. Dinkle is facing a five count indictment. The charges include conspiracy, using fire to commit a federal felony and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors say Dinkle is the former exalted Cyclops of a KKK chapter in Ozark. He's accused of burning a cross in a black neighborhood in Ozark in 2009 to intimidate residents. Dinkle's Facebook page shows him displaying a Klan tattoo.

He and another person allegedly burned a cross to threaten and intimidate residents in the neighborhood. Investigators said the cross was wrapped in jeans and a towel, doused in fuel and set on fire.

Dinkle's mother, 45-year-old Pamela Morris, is also charged with committing perjury before a grand jury that investigated the case.

Court records don't indicate whether Dinkle or Morris has a lawyer.


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