Anthony Buco David II died on his 24th birthday, two days after he was beaten outside a Virginia Beach nightclub.
Following a monthlong investigation, prosecutors charged two sailors in David's July 7 death - not with murder, but with lynching.
Though the term is commonly thought to suggest mob hangings, the charge was brought because the 1928 statute defines lynching as act of mob violence that results in death. And though David was Filipino and the suspects are white and Hispanic, authorities determined race was not a factor.
Findlaw has the interesting story here from the AP.