VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A lawyer for a murder suspect in Virginia says the case should be dismissed partly because of a detective's "racist" statement on Facebook.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that the comment was unrelated to the case. Virginia Beach detective Kevin Fanelli was responding to a Facebook comment on an article about women trashing a restaurant over the service.
Fanelli wrote: "Of course they were black. Does me knowing this before I read the article indicate a problem with them or me? Them." He later apologized.
Lawyer Andrew Sacks asked a judge at a court hearing to dismiss the charges. The suspect is black. The detective is white.