Cross Burning

Second teen charged in cross-burning released to family

A federal judge in northern Kentucky has released a second man suspected in a cross burning into the custody of a family member. U-S Magistrate Judge J. Gregory Wehrman today released 19-year-old James D. Foster to his grandfather and ordered him to stay away from racist materials. Foster and 18-year-old Matthew Scudder have been charged with federal civil rights violations stemming from the July Second cross-burning in Boone County. They also are accused of shouting racial epithets at the black family and throwing bricks threw the windows of the family's car the following day. Fred Mahone, his wife and two stepchildren, subsequently moved out of the county. Foster faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a 250-thousand dollar fine if convicted. Scudder appeared in U.S. District Court Monday and agreed to terms of a conditional release to his mother, including home detention with an electronic monitoring device.