Four of the alleged Charlotte UBN gang members prosecutors say are tied to the murders of Doug and Debbie London pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Friday morning, requesting a trial by jury.
The Londons were killed at their home in Lake Wylie, S.C., in 2014. Authorities say the pair was killed to prevent Doug London from testifying at the trial of three gang members who had attempted to rob the Londons’ mattress store in Pineville three months before.
The four alleged gang members who appeared in court Friday – Nana Adoma, Randall Avery “Foe” Hankins, Malcom “Bloody Silent” Hartley and Jamell “Murda Mell” Cureton – have been narrowed down from an original list of 12 that were indicted last year for planning or carrying out the killings. The rest have pleaded guilty, excluding Ahkeem McDonald, who entered a not guilty plea outside of court.
However, the gang has recently been linked to a new set of violent actions and allegations. A recent federal indictment alludes to a UBN meeting within weeks of the Londons’ 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.
Prosecutors also 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.
Two of the defendants in the London’s case – Cureton, who court documents say took part in the mattress store robbery and ordered the Londons’ deaths, and Hartley, the accused triggerman – await word on whether the U.S. Department of Justice will seek the death penalty in their cases.