A South Carolina man was arrested for attempting to hire white supremacists from the Ku Klux Klan to kill his black neighbor, lynch him from a tree, and install a “flaming cross” in his front yard, police says.
Brandon Cory Lecroy, 25, of Hodges, South Carolina, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence and one count of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, the U.S. attorney’s office in South Carolina announced.
The FBI claims that in March Brandon contacted a white supremacist organization, asking them to “murder of his African American neighbor,” according to a court affidavit.
An undercover FBI agent subsequently recorded multiple phone calls with Brandon, where he asked to have his neighbor, who is identified only as “FJ” in the court documents, killed. “$500 and he’s a ghost,” Brandon told the undercover FBI agent in one of the recorded calls, in which he also requested his neighbor be hung from a tree and a “flaming cross” installed in his front yard, the affidavit says. In a subsequent phone conversation in March,
Brandon told the FBI agent he planned to take over the victim’s property and wanted to buy a 9 mm “ghost gun” that would be untraceable, according to the FBI account.
Brandon met with the undercover FBI agent on April 9 during which he pointed out where his neighbor lived, discussed potential future targets, and provided a $100 cash down payment for the alleged murder for hire, the affidavit says.
He was arrested later that day.