Mon., June 14, 2010 4:21pm (EDT)

FBI Investigates Possible Hate Crime
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
FBI investigates case of Marine battery.
FBI investigates case of Marine battery.
The FBI has launched a preliminary


investigation into whether the beating of a gay Savannah man


warrants federal charges as a hate crime. Two U.S. Marines


stationed in South Carolina have been charged with battery in


the beating of 26-year-old Kieran Daly. Police found him


unconscious on a downtown street corner early Saturday. FBI


spokesman Steve Emmett said Monday the agency is looking


into the case along with federal prosecutors. Savannah police


say witnesses told them one of the Marines had punched Daly


in the back of the head. They said the suspects accused Daly of winking at them. The Marines - Keil Cronauer and


Christopher Stanzel - told police they were trying to get away from a gay man who was harassing them. Both were arrested and


later released to military police.