JACKSON, Miss. (March 6, 2013)--The FBI says it’s monitoring the state investigation into the death of an openly gay mayoral candidate in Clarksdale, Miss.
FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said Wednesday the agency "will assess evidence to determine whether federal prosecution is appropriate."
The statement stopped short of saying the agency has opened its own investigation.
U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson asked the FBI on Tuesday to review the slaying of Marco McMillian.
Thompson's district includes Clarksdale, where McMillian was running for office.
McMillian, 33, was found slain last week.
Mississippi hate-crime law covers acts motivated by bias against race, but not sexual orientation.
A federal hate-crime law covers bias against sexual orientation.
McMillian was black, as is the man charged with his murder, Lawrence Reed, 22.