Six gang members have been charged in the October 2014 killings of a business couple in Lake Wylie. Three of those members reportedly robbed a store owned by the couple months earlier and were attempting keep the couple from testifying.
Six members of the "United Blood Nation" (UBN) are charged in the killing of Debbie and Doug London, according to court documents. They could receive the death penalty.
Deputies say 61-year-old Debbie London and 63-year-old Doug London were found shot to death in their Tioga Road home on October 23, 2014. The couple's son, Daniel London, found the couple and called 911.
After an FBI raid of Charlotte's UBN, 12 defendants were charged in a racketeering operation conspiracy.
Six of those members, Jamell Lamon Cureton, David Lee Fudge, Randall Avery Hankins II, Malcolm Jarrel Hartley, Briana Shakeyah Johnson and Rahkeem Lee McDonald, are charged in the killing of the Londons, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed on Wednesday.
Additionally, Nana Yaw Adoma, Daquan Lamar Everett, Nehemijel Maurice Houston, Ibn Rashaan Kornegay, Centrilia Shardon Leach and Ahkeem Tahja McDonald were charged in the conspiracy.
Members of the United Blood Nation (UBN) who plotted the execution of the London's
Four of the people charged in connection with the case were already in custody. Two other suspects were arrested Wednesday.
Three of the members, Cureton, Nana Yaw Adoma and Fudge, previously robbed the couple's mattress store and the members were attempting to stop the Londons from testifying.
The defendants operated under a common set of rules known as the "31" and used a ranking system. They participate in meetings, "like any other enterprise," acting U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. They "discuss punishment for those they fear may be cooperating with law enforcement," Rose said.
On Oct. 1, Hartley and Johnson conducted surveillance of The Mattress Warehouse of Pineville on South Boulevard in an attempt to locate the Londons and kill them, court documents state. They not only wanted to prevent the Londons from testifying, but documents say they wanted to retaliate against the couple for previous court appearances related to the robbery case.
Doug London tried to defend the store and his life, police said, when he shot and hit one of the suspects, later identified as Cureton. Cureton went to a local hospital and was arrested on state robbery charges.
That's when Rose said the defendants began to exchange correspondents and conspire with each other to plan the murder of Douglas London, "the only eyewitness to the robbery."
The indictment says in September - Malcolm Hartley got a gun that was eventually used to kill the Londons. Later that month, according to investigators, Briana Johnson joined Fudge and Hartley in a gang meeting to discuss her membership, and her duty to drive Hartley to commit shootings.
Wednesday night, Johnson's mother spoke to WBTV on the phone and said "she seriously doubts her daughter was trying to be initiated into that gang."
She said Johnson "really liked Hartley and wanted to be cool and got caught up."
On Oct. 5, the gang members conducted a meeting in Greenville. Two days later the members conducted a phone meeting where they planned the killing of Doug and Debbie London, court documents state. Apparently, two members failed to accomplish "that goal."
That's when someone known to the Grand Jury received a text from Fudge saying that he had "sent the hit," meaning he ordered the killing of the couple.
After several more meetings, the "Hitman," Rahkeem Lee McDonald, along with Hartley, Fudge, Cureton and Hankins, "conspired to, attempted to, and did murder Douglas London and Deborah London at the Londons' residence in Clover," court documents state.
Acting U-S Attorney Rose said Johnson drove Hartley to the Londons' Lake Wylie home and Hartley shot the couple.
“Hartley and Johnson returned to the Charlotte area where they began to dispose of evidence of murders and grotesquely celebrated the deaths of Doug and Debbie London, the prosecutor said during a press conference.
The next meeting was a celebration. In a telephone meeting on Oct. 25, Hartley admitted to killing the couple.
Earlier this year, York County Solicitor Kevin Brackett, in whose district the Londons were killed, charged Johnson and Hartley each with two counts of murder for the killings.
During Wednesday press conference Brackett said “when you kill somebody to shut down a prosecution, when you silence a witness in order to prevent the government from enforcing the laws, you're not just attacking those two people, you're attacking the rule of law, you're attacking society.”"Rule of Law?"
Does America actual still operate under the "Rule of Law," or do we operate under the principle of the "Rule of Always Ruling in Favor of Blacks" Law?
The actions of the United Blood Nation (UBN) in seeking to execute Debbie and Doug London will not be noted by the corporate media, but will instead be safely tucked into Web sites few people in America would access while they are at work.
Time magazine and People will refrain from splashing the faces of the Debbie and Doug London on their cover and leave the inside pages of their publications safely free of even the slightest blurb this couple ever lived (it goes without saying how they died will also be an anecdote unfit for printing).
But they did live.
Just as Brittany Watts and Nathan Trapuzzano lived.
Interestingly, they all died similar deaths, at the hands of a demographic group protected from any and all criticism.
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