Photo of couple's bodies shown at gang killing trial
Sep. 30, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jurors deciding the fate of three people who prosecutors say were involved in gang retaliation killings of a couple were shown the bodies of the husband and wife in their South Carolina home.
The pictures were shown Friday not long after the jury watched a video where Doug London told investigators how he shot Jamell Cureton, who was trying to rob his Charlotte mattress store at gunpoint five months before the killings.
On trial in federal court are Randall Hankins, Nana Adoma and Ahkeem McDonald. Authorities say 12 people in all were involved in the plot to kill Doug and Debbie London, planned by Cureton, who was angry at being shot and wanted to keep the couple from testifying. Cureton has already pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. Eight others in the Bloods gang in North Carolina have also pleaded guilty, including the man who fired the fatal shots.
In the October 2014 crime scene photos, Doug London is lying face down just inside the front door of his Lake Wylie, South Carolina, home. His right arm is on his wife's waist, while a pool of blood and a small handgun is seen nearby, The Charlotte Observer reported.
Earlier in the day, prosecutors showed Doug London telling detectives how a man "stuck a gun in my face before I could blink" at his Charlotte mattress store in May 2014, but he was able to grab his gun from the top drawer on his desk and shoot him.
Hankins and McDonald are charged with racketeering murder in connection to the killings, along with multiple conspiracy and firearms violations. Adoma was one of the three people in the mattress store trying to rob London, authorities said.
Prosecutors are also trying McDonald and Adoma for murder in the 2013 shooting death in a Charlotte park of Kwamne Clyburn, a homeless teen who claimed to be a member of their gang when he wasn't.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com