A jury has begun deliberating the fate of six men charged with a conspiracy to commit crimes that include nine homicides, drug trafficking, kidnapping and robberies in Manatee and Sarasota counties going as far back as at least 2006.
The six defendants were charged in 2014 in a 28-count indictment with crimes including conspiracy, firearms violations, robberies and kidnapping, as well as trafficking of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone and MDMA, also known as ecstasy. If convicted, all six men could face automatic life sentences.
The six defendants are:
▪ Charlie “Mr. 30N32” Green.
▪ Jerry “Jerk” Green.
▪ Corey “James” Harris.
▪ Napoleon “Pole” “Mr. 760” Harris.
▪ Nathaniel “Popo” “Lil Brown” Harris
▪ Deonte “Tang” Martin.
The trial has been underway since June 6 in the federal courthouse in Tampa.
Closing arguments began Monday with government prosecutors and defense attorneys addressing the jury. Arguments concluded Thursday afternoon with the government’s rebuttal, at which time the jury was instructed and received the case.
The jury of 12 began deliberating at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Five alternates, who had sat through the entire trial, were dismissed.