I'm not totally buying the theory that a white man was first accused because of confusion. My particular reason for thinking this is because in spite of bullets flying around, the description of "blue-eyes" was just a bit to precise. I might understand "white guy and red truck" but blue-eyes? NAH... I think MrsS is probably closer to the truth of why a white man was accused.Plus the fact for it to be called a hate crime, it has to have at least 2 different races involved and that wasn't the case here.There goes an excuse to riot again...
I now have a feeling Mama may have been up to funny business and the teen was coached.
Again, I suspect that you have hit the proverbial nail straight on the head.