CHARLOTTE—Another of the 12 suspected United Blood Nation gang members made an appearance in federal court Thursday morning.
David Fudge, 22, is charged in the robbery of a Pineville mattress store. Prosecutors say Fudge is one of three who robbed the matress store in May of last year.
The owners of that store, Douglas and Deborah London were later killed in their South Carolina home, investigators say United Blood Nation gang members, to keep the couple from testifying in the robbery case.
Fudge is also accused of having a hand in planning the murders of the Londons.
The defendant spoke with his attorney briefly, then pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial. The short hearing went as expected and similar to other hearings for the suspected gang members.
Posecutors say he is on a taped phone conversation discussing the hit, believed to be ordered by Jamell Cureton.
“He asserts his innocence. As you well know, we’re getting ready to prepare for trial and the allegations of this case they were planning on killing my client. My client says he has nothing to do with this,” said Chris Shella, Fudge’s defense attorney.
One more suspected gang member expected to make an appearance Friday, Nehemijel Houston, who is accused of participating in pre and post murder meetings.