Lamonte Lloyd and Tyquan Powell are scheduled to appear in federal court in Charlotte for arraignment in a third superseding indictment of United Blood Nation members in the Western District of North Carolina.
The men are charged federally in a murder which occurred in Scotland Neck and another which occurred in Gastonia.
In the Scotland Neck murder, the men are charged in the shooting death of Jimmy Ray Daniels in 2016.
The state had planned to call Daniels as a witness in the case of Jimmel Horton, which ended in a mistrial. Horton had been charged in the 2013 murders of Monte Hines and Chris Harrison.
Lloyd is set for arraignment September 5 and Powell’s arraignment is set September 6, according to federal court records.
Both men previously pleaded not guilty on a second superseding indictment as well as the initial indictment.
The men face counts other than the two murders, charges which reflect acts of violence in aid of Blood racketeering crimes.
Says the indictment, “At all times relevant to this Indictment, UBN members in North Carolina and elsewhere engaged in criminal activity, including, but not limited to: any act and threat involving murder, assaults, robbery, firearms possession, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to commit these crimes ... ”
The document notes UBN members committed acts of violence to maintain membership and discipline, both within the gang and against non-gang members. “Members committed acts of violence, including murder, in order to be promoted within the leadership structure of the gang, and committed various crimes, including robbery and narcotics trafficking, at least in part to raise money to pay UBN gang dues.”
The purpose of the racketeering and criminal enterprise was to preserve and protect the power, territory, reputation, respect, and profits of the enterprise through the use of intimidation, violence, threats of violence, assaults, and murder.
The enterprise was also structured to “keep the community and rivals in fear of the enterprise and its members and associates through violence and threats of violence,” the indictment says.
Gang members provided financial support and information to members, including leaders who were incarcerated and provided assistance to other gang members who committed crimes for and on behalf of the gang.
The enterprise was also designed to hinder, obstruct, and prevent law enforcement officers from identifying, apprehending, and successfully prosecuting and punishing members of the enterprise.
For Lloyd and Powell’s part as well as others not having ties to the Roanoke Valley, the grand jury charged the pattern of racketeering included multiple acts involving murder.
On January 16, 2016, in Halifax County, Lloyd, known as Murda Mo and Moo, and Powell, known as Savage, murdered Daniels and shot two other victims, the grand jury charged. They also conspired on February 7 of 2016 to attempt to rob a victim and shot the victim in the back of the head.
On February 19 of 2016 the men conspired and attempted to rob Howard and shot and murdered her, the indictment says.
The indictment specifically states the murders of Daniels and Howard were committed to aid gang racketeering efforts and the two men did so for the purpose of gaining entrance as well as maintaining and increasing their positions in the UBN.
The men are charged with using or carrying firearms during the furtherance of a crime violence resulting in the deaths of Daniels and Howard.
The grand jury charges them with the attempted murder of two people known to grand jury jury as victims 1 and 2.
On February 7 of 2016 in Mecklenburg County Lloyd and Powell are charged with atttempted murder in aid of racketeering of a person named as victim 3.
In the February 7, 2016, crime the men attempted to take money and a controlled substance from the person in the presence of another by means of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear of immediate and future injury, the indictment says.
An attempted robbery, the indictment says, was committed on February 19, 2016, in Gaston County when the defendants attempted to take marijuana from a victim by means of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear of immediate and future injury.
The third superseding indictment contains a notice of special sentencing factors. That notice says Lloyd and Powell as well as five others not having ties to Halifax County agreed to acts of murder as part of their pledge to participate in UBN activity.
The defendants “agreed that multiple acts of murder would be committed … to wit, the willful, deliberate, premeditated, and unlawful killing of a human being, and a killing committed in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of robbery or a felony committed or attempted with the use of a deadly weapon.”