Dallas Morning News March 2, 1990 (14A) Skinhead trial witness jailed in suspected death threat By Tracy Everbach, Staff Writer of The Dallas Morning News A skinhead who testified for the prosecution in the civil rights trial of five fellow white supremacists has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to kill an African-American woman. Michael Thornton, 21, and six others were arrested Tuesday night in Richardson, police said. An official of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, which monitors hate groups, said he believed the seven were members of a new skinhead organization called the Confederate White Vikings. Mr. Thornton, also known as "Blade," remained in the Richardson City Jail Thursday in lieu of $760 bail on misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief, assault and public intoxication, police said. Mr. Thornton is a former member of the Confederate Hammerskins, five members of which were convicted Thursday of violating the civil rights of minorities. He testified in U.S. District Court on Monday that he still believes in the superiority of the white race and studies Nazi beliefs. The incident in Richardson occurred about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Police said Mr. Thornton broke the windshield of a car belonging to a 34-year-old woman who lives in an apartment complex in the 900 block of Allegheny Drive. "She came out to see what was going on and Thornton got up in her face and threatened to kill her. He hit her with some racial slurs," said St. Ray Pennington of the Richardson Police Department. Sgt. Pennington said that, "to their credit, some of the skinheads were holding him (Mr. Thornton) back." Mr. Thornton is on parole for an auto theft conviction. He testified against the defendants in the federal trial under an agreement with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to civil rights violations in exchange for prosecutors' support before a parole board. During his testimony Monday, Mr. Thornton admitted that in 1988 he vandalized Baruch Ha Shem Messianic Congregation, a Dallas "Jews for Jesus" church, because he didn't know that it was for Jews who have adopted some Christian beliefs. "I sprayed swastikas and writing -- 'Hitler is coming back,' 'Hitler is Lord,' and 'Six Million More,'" a reference to the Holocaust, Mr. Thornton testified. Arrested with Mr. Thornton Tuesday night were William Mason, 17, of Plano; Christopher Robin Black, 18, of Plano, a student at Collin County Community College; Darrell Williford, 19, of Dallas, also a student at Collin County; Dharma Clark, 19, of Richardson, a house painter; and a 15-year-old Richardson boy and 16-year-old Mesquite girl whose names were not released because they are juveniles. Mr. Mason was held Thursday in the Richardson jail in lieu of $565 bail on charges of disorderly conduct, failing to identify himself and on two Plano misdemeanor arrest warrants. Mr. Black, Mr. Clark and Mr. Williford were releaswed after posting bail on disorderly conduct charges. The two juveniles were released to their parents, police said. Mark Briskman, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said the Richardson arrests show that "there still are racist skinhead groups in (the Dallas area)." Mr. Briskman said he believes those arrested Tuesday are members of the white supremacist group Confederate White Vikings. He said the grop was formed last fall and has about 28 members. Some former members of the Confederate Hammerskins have joined the Confederate White Vikings, Mr. Briskman said. =30=
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