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Fla gang trial turns deadly with witness' killing
ap ^ | August 11, 2011

Posted on 08/11/2011 7:38:24 PM PDT by george76

The day Eguel Geffrard was supposed to testify in the trial of the man accused of leading one of South Florida's most violent gangs, police found his bloodied body in a parking lot, a targeted hit authorities said was meant to send a message about Top 6's power.

Top 6 became the most violent gang in Palm Beach County history, linked to 14 homicides and more than 150 shootings in the past few years, including a fatal Christmas Eve shooting at a busy mall in 2006 _ all part of a bloody gang war, authorities said. Alleged leader Futo Charles, 30, has been arrested more than a dozen times since 2003, but his trial this week on various charges could send the steely-gazed Charles to prison for much of his life if convicted...

After Geffrard's slaying Monday, a judge ordered jurors to be partially sequestered with armed guards escorting them to and from the courthouse. A dozen armed deputies flanked the tiny courtroom during Charles' trial and K-9 dogs swept the courtroom hallways. He faces a slew of charges, including drug possession, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder for attacking a lifelong acquaintance in a turf war. Closing arguments were to begin Friday.

(Excerpt) Read more at globegazette.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: gang; palmbeach; top6

1 posted on 08/11/2011 7:38:27 PM PDT by george76
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"He's an articulate, intelligent guy who's even charismatic to a point but he's not a nice guy. He's been involved and has orchestrated some bad things," said Lt. Michael Wallace, who ran the Palm Beach County gang task until recently. "Whenever we had a big incident, Futo was always around."

Well, I guess you could say, he's a dependable POS...

2 posted on 08/11/2011 8:19:01 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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Put them on a desert island and let them have at it.


3 posted on 08/11/2011 8:24:54 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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I thought this was what witness protection programs were meant to avert, though for all I know Geffrard may have been offered that and declined.


4 posted on 08/11/2011 8:48:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Yehuda

One of Holder’s people..


5 posted on 08/11/2011 8:54:08 PM PDT by Lancey Howard (Go, Phillies!)
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Why do witnesses willing to testify against gangs, take their security so lightly?

I’m sure the story across the country is no different from here in Denver.
GangBangers have no qualms about ordering hits.
If you’re going to testify, you better be prepared to crawl in a hole with your family, AT LEAST until the trial is over.
Perhaps longer!
Actually, I have a better solution, but ... there’s no upside to posting it....


6 posted on 08/11/2011 8:54:38 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: Yehuda
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Put that "Futo Charles" into a dependable high-power (fill in the blank) ...


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7 posted on 08/11/2011 8:57:00 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne
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If a witness against you is murdered, you should be automatically convicted, and the sentence should be to have your skin totally removed while you’re still alive.


8 posted on 08/11/2011 9:02:26 PM PDT by sourcery (If true=false, then there would be no constraints on what is possible. Hence, the world exists.)
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To: george76

I’ve never heard of Top 6 until now. THANK YOU FOR POSTING.


9 posted on 08/11/2011 10:22:38 PM PDT by BBell
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Jesus Christ...warn somebody before you post a picture like that!


10 posted on 08/11/2011 10:25:26 PM PDT by eddie willers
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That was his GOOD side....

Open at your own peril to see more of this handsome devil.

11 posted on 08/11/2011 10:41:55 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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Yeah, make them live organ donors that is the ticket.

Something like this clown and how society needs to protect itself screams out for assassination squads. Just take them out and forget the courts.


12 posted on 08/11/2011 10:47:16 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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Thanks for the warning.....

And, yeah....I had to peek.


13 posted on 08/11/2011 10:58:22 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: george76

Hang his ass on the Court House steps!


14 posted on 08/12/2011 6:21:17 AM PDT by panthermom (Please Pray for C Co 3-21)
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