Charged men allegedly have links to ‘Gangster Disciples’ street gang
Four men implicated in the shooting death of Raheem Trevon Williams on July 5 have links to the street gang “Gangster Disciples,” said Middlesex Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael T. Hurd during a bond hearing on Friday, July 18, before Middlesex General District Court Judge Jeffrey W. Shaw.
Judge Shaw denied bond to three of the suspects who appeared before him with their attorneys on Friday. The fourth suspect did not seek a bond hearing and remains in jail.
Hurd said the suspects are a flight risk due to their gang affiliation.
Hurd said that two of the suspects had references to Gangster Disciples on their Facebook pages.
Under questioning, a suspect told the court he was in Gangster Disciples but is “not active” in street activities, and he knows Gangster Disciples in Florida.
Hurd explained later that for certain offenses, including murder, malicious wounding, and gang participation, it is presumed that no conditions can be set that will adequately protect the public and assure the appearance of the defendant in court. The court can grant a bond only if that presumption is overcome.
Shacklefords’ attorney, John Singleton, told the court his client had a job that he would lose if he were held in jail, where he would “suffer all types of indignities.” Standing before the court with Shacklefords were his mother and father, and his “fiancee,” who Singleton said was pregnant.
Anthony Frazier, 22, who is being held in a separate jail from the other suspects, has lived with his mother and father his entire life, said Hurd, and was not employed at the time of his arrest. His criminal history includes petit larceny and misdemeanor property damage.
Frazier’s court-appointed attorney, Brent Jackson, asked for house arrest for his client. “He has no place to flee,” he said.
Jackson noted that Frazier was “forthcoming” with what happened on the day of the incident and “what he observed.”
Hurd countered that none of what Frazier told authorities was correct.
Demetrius Paige, 22, told the court he had no criminal history.
Under questioning by Hurd, D. Paige said he was not employed other than “side jobs” and he did not have a driver’s license.
D. Paige was “living off his grandmother’s disability,” Hurd told the court. D. Paige’s grandmother could not stand and testified from a chair in front of Judge Shaw. Her testimony was inaudible.
Karim Paige did not ask for a bond hearing.
Preliminary hearings for all four defendants are set for September 19 at 9 a.m. in Middlesex General District Court.