Crime & Courts

New indictment adds murder, other charges against alleged Charlotte gang

Alleged Charlotte gang member Nana Adoma, who prosecutors say helped planned the 2014 murders of Doug and Debbie London, has now been tied to another killing
Alleged Charlotte gang member Nana Adoma, who prosecutors say helped planned the 2014 murders of Doug and Debbie London, has now been tied to another killing Mecklenburg jail

The alleged Charlotte gang members tied to the murders of Doug and Debbie London have now been linked to other acts of violence, from murder and robbery to retaliatory shootings of rivals.

A new federal indictment released this week alludes to a UBN meeting within weeks of the couple’s killings when the gang allegedly debated the assassination of one its own members who was believed to be cooperating with police in the London investigation.

The Lake Wylie, S.C., couple was gunned down at their home on Oct. 23, 2014. Authorities say the pair was killed to keep Doug London from testifying at the trial of three gang members who had attempted to rob the Londons’ mattress store three months before.

Twelve alleged gang members were indicted last year for planning or carrying out the killings. Seven have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with prosecutors. The remaining five will be arraigned next Friday on the additional charges included in the new indictment.

Two of the defendants – Jamell “Murda Mel” Cureton, who court documents say took part in the mattress store robbery and ordered the Londons’ deaths, and Malcolm “Bloody Silent” Hartley, the accused triggerman – await word on whether the U.S. Department of Justice will seek the death penalty in their cases. It’s unclear what role, if any, the new allegations could play in that decision.

Rob Heroy, Hartley’s attorney, said Friday that his client will plead not guilty to all charges next week. He said he had not heard from federal prosecutors whether Hartley will face the death penalty.

Prosecutors say they have linked the gang to at least two other killings: the unsolved 2012 shooting death of Ronald Martin; and the 2013 execution-style slaying of Kwamne Clyburn, a homeless teenager, in a southwest Charlotte park.

The new allegations include:

▪ A third UBN member, Nana Adoma, has been charged in connection with Clyburn’s death. The 18-year-old Winston-Salem youth was bound and shot seven times for “false claiming,” or identifying himself as a gang member when he was not.

Cureton and Ahkeem “Lil Keem” McDonald have already been charged with the killing. Adoma, Cureton’s brother, served as the lookout during the mattress store robbery. His attorney, Andy Culler, did not respond to an email seeking comment Friday morning.

▪ UBN members discussed killing one of their own, David “Flames” Fudge, out of fear that he was cooperating with police following the Londons’ deaths. Fudge was the driver in the mattress store robbery and was indicted for murder in connection with the killings. He has since pleaded guilty and is cooperating with prosecutors.

▪ On Oct. 1, 2014, Hartley and his girlfriend, Briana “Breezy B” Johnson, drove to the Londons’ store in Pineville to “intimidate or kill them” to prevent the couple from testifying or appearing a preliminary hearings in Cureton’s and Adoma’s robbery cases.

Three weeks later, Johnson, the daughter of a Concord police officer, drove her boyfriend Hartley to the London’s home where the FBI says he shot Debbie London when she answered her doorbell and killed Doug as he came to her rescue.

▪  About two months after the killings, the gang discovered at least two other witnesses to the mattress-store robbery and may have informally discussed having a least one of them killed, the indictment says. In December 2015, Fudge sent a Facebook message inquiring about the identities of the witnesses, the indictment says.

“Boy, funny, yo people a dub, silent, deadly, I’m out,” he wrote.

“Dub” is UBN slang for something that has not been authorized by the gang, the indictment says.

“Silent, deadly” means gang leaders have authorized a hit.

Michael Gordon: 704-358-5095, @MikeGordonOBS