White supremacist Richard Barrett found killed, suspect arrested

A state inmate on supervised release is facing a murder charge in the slaying of white supremacist Richard Barrett, 67, whose burned and stabbed body was discovered in his Pearl-area home.

Vincent McGee, 23, who lives with his parents on the same street as Barrett, was arrested around 5 p.m. Thursday at his sister’s home in Pearl, Sheriff Ronnie Pennington said.

Barrett’s body had multiple stab wounds to the neck and blunt-force trauma to the head; 35 percent of his body had been burned, Pennington said.

While McGee is African American, authorities have not said Barrett’s racial beliefs were a motive in his slaying.

McGee had performed yard work for Barrett, Pennington said.