The racketeering trial of six North Carolina Latin Kings is winding down. Both the government and defendants presented final evidence in the morning session at federal court in Winston-Salem.
US District Court Judge James A. Beaty said he would like closing arguments to begin this afternoon. But first, the judge must finalize jury instructions.
A verdict could be rendered as early as tomorrow. Some of the defendants could face 20 years in prison.
This morning, the jury heard testimony from the Rev. Randall Keeney, Katie Yow and Helen Buscemi, the grandmother of Latin King Wesley Williams. They all took the stand for the defense. Despite an order from the judge allowing his testimony, defense attorney Michael Patrick did not call the Rev. Nelson Johnson. But most of the testimony Patrick said he expected to hear from Johnson had been covered by the Rev. Greg Headen and other defense witnesses.