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Richmond Hill man indicted for burning a cross in his neighbor's yard

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A Richmond Hill man has been indicted on several charges after allegedly burning a cross in his neighbors yard.

The US Attorney's office says Gene Hoyt Vandiver was indicted earlier this month and charged with one count of interfering with housing rights and one count of arson.

He appeared in federal court on October 10. Prosecutors say Vandiver, who is white, burned a cross in his neighbor's yard. Vandiver believed him to be African American.

United States Attorney Edward Tarver stated, "Cross-burning remains a vicious symbol of hate, and no one should have to suffer the fear and intimidation caused by such a cruel act. My office will work diligently with our law enforcement partners to prosecute criminal civil rights violations of any form."

Vandiver also left a sign portraying a racial slur and a hand-drawn picture of someone being lynched.

The case will be going to trial soon, stay with WTOC for the latest on this story.

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