Today in Oxford at the Federal Courthouse for North Mississippi District, testimony has begun in a trial for murder and meth trafficking involving two alleged members of Aryan Brotherhood of Mississippi, a white supremacist prison gang.
Homeland security vehicles have joined state trooper vehicles on East Jackson Avenue in front of the courthouse.
The heavy security presence is due to the two defendants: Frank George Owens Jr. of D’Iberville and Eric Parker of Petal. Owens is charged with conspiracy to participate in racketeering, kidnapping and murder of Michael James Hudson in south Mississippi and the attempted murder of J.B. (as identified by court papers). Parker is charged with conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and the murder of Michael James Hudson.
They are the last of 14 defendants arrested following a two-year investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the only two to plead innocent. Their co-defendants have accepted plea deals to submit guilty pleas and possible testimony in the ongoing trial.
The prosecutor is Scott Leary, assistant U.S. Attorney. Oxford attorney, Joshua A. Turner, is Parker’s defense attorney. Jackson attorney, William A. Sumrall, is Owens’ attorney.
The trial is currently hearing testimony and is expected to go on for three or four weeks.
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