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Six Charged In Racketerring Conspiracy Case Involving Nine Murders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 5, 2014

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of a twenty-eight count second superseding indictment charging Nathaniel Harris (23, Bradenton), Napoleon Harris (29, Bradenton), Charlie L. Green (27, Bradenton), Jerry W. Green, Jr. (31, Bradenton), Corey Deonta Harris (23, St. Petersburg), and Deonte Jamal Martin (28, Bradenton) for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy involving murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, and drug trafficking.  Seven of the offenses carry a maximum penalty of death. 

A confidential “TIP LINE” has been established for anyone with information regarding any homicides, robberies, narcotics and/or violent criminal acts conducted by these individuals or their associates. Anyone with information relevant to this case is encouraged to call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477).

According to court documents, the six individuals were part of an ongoing criminal enterprise. Between April 2007 and August 2013, nine individuals were shot and killed, as a result of the enterprise’s criminal activity. Among those murdered were Christopher Jenkins, Demetrious Cunningham, Calvin Barnes, Ceola Lazier, Carlos Jurado, Brenton Coleman, Joseph Evans, Rodney D. Lamb, and Erika Williams. The murder of Brenton Coleman took place in the vicinity of the 13th Avenue Recreation Center, commonly referred to as the “Dream Center,” and was witnessed by a crowd of young children attending youth football practice.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the State Attorney’s Office (12th Judicial Circuit Court), the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Bradenton Police Department, the Palmetto Police Department, the Sarasota Police Department, and the St. Petersburg Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Walter E. Furr, III, Christopher F. Murray, and Trial Attorney Laura Gwinn of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Gang Section.

Click HERE to view Superseding Indictment

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