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Ex-Gang Leader Convicted of Murder

March 12, 1998

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ The former leader of a teen gang called the Lords of Chaos was convicted Wednesday of killing a high school band director on his doorstep because he threatened to report them for vandalism.

A jury rejected Kevin Foster’s claim that he was home when teacher Mark Schwebes, 32, was blasted in the face with a shot gun when he answered a knock on his door in April 1996.

Foster, 20, faces the death penalty during the sentencing phase of the trial.

Foster’s lawyer had argued that his client was framed by other members of the small gang, which was created to ``cause chaos and destruction.″

But the other members testified against Foster, telling jurors he planned the murder the murder of the Riverdale High School teacher and ordered three other gang members to go along.

``Someone is going to die tonight,″ Foster told them, according to the testimony of Derek Shields, 20.

Just weeks before the murder, gang members had planned to burn down the high school gymnasium, but Schwebes caught them outside and chased them away, promising to report them the next morning, police said.

Foster then suggested killing Schwebes, fellow gang members said.

Afterward, Foster told his cohorts that it was a ``job well done,″ and called them together for a group hug, they testified.

``He gave a little chuckle″ when one of the teens back at the car asked whether Schwebes was dead, said Derek Shields, now 20.

``And then he said, `He sure the hell ain’t alive.‴

The jury deliberated about two hours and rejected testimony from Foster’s mother and sister that he was home at the time of the shooting.

Foster had earlier rejected a plea deal that could have given him life in prison. Three gang members have pleaded guilty in the slaying, including two who will be sentenced to life in prison.

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