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Trial Begins In Supermax Prison Murder of Mexican Mafia Boss

April 7, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Trial Begins In Supermax Prison Murder of Mexican Mafia Boss

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The murder trial of some of America’s most notorious hoodlums began Monday at the U.S. District Court in Denver.

Supermax gang leader Silvestre “Chikali” Mayorqui-Rivera, stands trial for the murder of former head of the Mexican Mafia, Manuel “Tati” Torrez.

Rivera is charged with fatally beating Torrez to death during a caged exercise in the yard of the highest security prison, the Administrative Maximum U.S. Penitentiary or ADX.

A grand jury indictment wasn’t brought until March 24, 2010.

Mayorqui-Rivera and an accomplice, Richard “Chuco” Santiago, face life in prison after a grand jury indicted both men on first-degree murder charges. The defendants will face trial separately and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Prosecutors are expected to call numerous witnesses, including high-ranking national leaders of the white supremacist groups and black prison gangs.

“It’s a fascinating case, Rivera and Torrez should never have been together without not one correction officer around,” said defense attorney David Lane on Friday.

According to Lane, the two gang leaders engaged in a “killed or be killed,” vicious gang battle in the caged exercise yard.

The deadly beating took place in the most closely surveilled prison in the United States. The prison quick response assault unit was sent in to subdue the fight. However, they were mistakenly sent to the wrong yard, which delayed their response time by 18 minutes.

According to Lane, when the unit arrived, Torrez was already dead.

Lame claimed the beating was in self-defense. “Through an intermediary, Santiago attempted to negotiate a truce. However, Torrez, who had a hit team on standby, scoffed,” said Lane, “It was self-defense.”

Torrez was a reputed boss for the Mexican Mafia.

Federal corrections officials transferred Torrez from the U.S. Penitentiary at Lompoc in California to ADX in Colorado after he attempted to gain control of all criminal activities among the Latino prison population.

Federal prosecutors claim video surveillance and a mountain of additional evidence shows this was a premeditated attack.

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