Defendant charged in Tennessee gang racketeering plot killed

March 9, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a person among more than a dozen Tennessee gang members and associates accused in a racketeering conspiracy was kidnapped and killed. His whereabouts had been unknown when 15 gang members and associates were charged in January.

U.S. Attorney Donald Cochran says in a statement Stephen Cole, aka “Lurch,” was the only defendant not in custody when a 54-count superseding indictment had charged the 15 associated with the Mongols Motorcycle Gang chapter in Clarksville. A federal grand jury returned a 62-count superseding indictment Wednesday charging four additional gang members and associates with crimes including Cole’s kidnapping and murder in November.

Prosecutors say the criminal activity began around March 2015. The crimes included racketeering conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, robbery, drug trafficking and others.

It is unclear if those accused have lawyers.

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