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Jury Selection Members of Virginia Set of The Bloods Street Gang Accused of Murdering Cop As Part of Initiation

May 5, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Jury Selection Members of Virginia Set of The Bloods Street Gang Accused of Murdering Cop As Part of Initiation

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Jury selection began for members of a Virginia street gang allegedly responsible for the kidnapping and murder of a reserve police officer.

The trial of the six men and women, who are alleged members of the “99 Goon Syndicate” commenced in Western District Federal Court in Charlottesville, Virginia on Monday.

Federal agents arrested the suspects for the murder of Waynesboro police officer Capt. Kevin Quick, after his body was discovered in February 2014 in the rural area of Goochland County, Virginia.

According to the federal indictment, four members of the gang abducted and murdered Quick “for the purpose of initiation into the group. In addition to entry into the gang, the members committed the killing to maintain and increase their position in the criminal enterprise that deals in racketeering activity.”

The indictment lists the numerous crimes committed by the gang in the two years prior the murder of Quick. Three of the nine suspects initially charged in the indictment have already pled not guilty.

The remaining gang members, Daniel Mathis, Shantai Shelton, Mersadies Shelton, Kweli Uhuru, Halisi Uhuru, and Darnell Stokes will stand trial.

In the indictment, Feds accuse the 99 Goon Syndicate, which is a set of the Bloods street gang of committing a number of crimes in Central and Western Virginia including armed robberies, assaults, and the distribution of narcotics.

Law enforcement agencies investigating the case chose to indict the gang members under the RICO statute (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations.)

Legal experts say the prosecution will present a wide range of evidence pertaining to the members involvement in the criminal enterprise.

“Charging the defendants under the statute allows the prosecutor to form a broad picture to a jury by allowing them to present evidence, which normally wouldn’t be allowed if they just charged them with the murder of Kevin Quick,” CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone said.

RICO cases are considered controversial by many criminal attorneys because it grants a prosecutor significant power.

Under the Rico statute, the prosecution must prove the crimes committed were part of a larger conspiracy in connection with an ongoing criminal enterprise. Many experts said RICO indictments most often have a noticeable impact on juries.

Stone stated the defense will attempt to poke holes in the government’s case and will call into question whether the 99 Goon Syndicate is an actual criminal enterprise.

“There may be legal arguments they call themselves a gang, but in reality, under RICO, that what’s required. The defense will argue this case does not meet those requirements,” said Stone. Because of the large amounts of evidence expected to be presented, including witness testimony the trial may last several weeks.

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