MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jurors are hearing closing arguments in the racketeering trial of three members of an American Indian gang known for terrorizing people in the Upper Midwest.
Wakinyon Wakan McArthur — an alleged leader of the Twin Cities-based Native Mob — and two alleged Native Mob “soldiers,” Anthony Francis Cree and William Earl Morris, are accused of being part of a criminal enterprise.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Winter told jurors Tuesday that the Native Mob dealt in drug trafficking, attempted murder, murder and witness retaliation.
Winter says McArthur and his two co-defendants resorted to violence to uphold the gang’s reputation.
But McArthur’s attorney, Frederick Goetz, argued that the government is over-reaching. Goetz says while members of the Native Mob may have committed individual crimes, there is no evidence of racketeering.
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