White Supremacy was Possible Motive in Murder of Murfreesboro Man

Rutherford County jail intercepted a letter from an inmate charged with the fatal burning of a black man earlier this year that details white supremacy as a possible motive, the Daily News Journal reports. Prosecutors are investigating the case to determine if hate crime sentencing enhancement could be applied to the first-degree murder charge against John Daniel Carothers for the killing of 40-year-old Robert Miller in March. A Murfreesboro police detective testified at an Aug. 8 court hearing that jailers decided to intercept and read Carothers' letter after Googling the organization — the American Institute of Theology — to which the mail was addressed. Carothers was previously convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 and later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in 2011 after allegations of second-degree murder in another case. 

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