JONES COUNTY, Miss.- A man tried to use a young child’s death as a way to gain membership into the ultra-white supremacist group known as the Aryan Nation Brotherhood.
Jury selection began Monday in Greene County for Justin Blakeney. He faces capital murder charges for the death of 2-year-old Victoria Viner.
The little girl died at a Jackson hospital August 13, 2010 and an autopsy indicated she died from blunt force trauma to the head. The mother’s boyfriend, Justin Blakeney, was arrested three months later.
A search warrant on Blakeney’s body and jail cell, plus statements from a confidential informant gave police more evidence. A confidential informant said to be a member of the Aryan Nation told authorities that Blakeney confessed to murdering the girl as a way of gaining membership into the organization.
According to the informant, Blakeney said he placed a telephone book on top of the little girl’s head and hit it as hard as he could with his fist. According to prosecutors, the mother of the child was Mexican making the child in Aryan Nation classification “a half breed.” The search warrant also uncovered Aryan Nation literature in his cell and nearly a dozen tattoos on Blakeney’s body that were added since his imprisonment, which is against state law. According to the prosecution those tattoos represent Aryan Nation symbols.
Like most prison gangs, Aryan Brotherhood members mark themselves with distinctive tattoos. Designs commonly include the words “Aryan Brotherhood”, “AB”,” 666, Nazi symbolism such as SS, sig runes, and swastikas, as well as shamrocks and Celtic iconography. An example of one of the symbols:
The gang was first founded in California in the 60’s and now they have spread throughout prisons in Mississippi, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas Ohio and Colorado.