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Day 5: Gang expert testifies in Double Churches murder trial

(Source: Muscogee County Jail) (Source: Muscogee County Jail)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Day five of the Double Churches murder trial continues Tuesday, the last day of testimony.

Gang expert, Corp. Jeremy Hattaway of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office testified about the alleged gang involvement and association of the defendants. 

Prosecutors attempting to create connection and affiliation between 3 defendants and the Bloods, a criminal street gang believed to have more than 200 members in the Columbus area.

Over 12 videos were found in Clark’s phone Hattaway says is consistent with being a member of a gang.

"Armed robbery, aggravated assault, murder,  those will be things that make you stand out. It gives a lot of clout and makes them appear as if they are strong," said Hattaway.

Defense attorneys argue being members or affiliated with a gang does not mean alleged acts committed were a direct result of being members.

"There has not been any evidence presented that my client was of the Bloods gang and they were committing some armed robbery to further purpose of the gang," said Defense Attorney for Jacquawn Clark, Jennifer Curry.

The prosecution rested their case following testimony. The defense also deciding to rest after calling only one witness.

The trial is set to resume Wednesday morning with closing arguments from both sides.

Derain Waller, Jacquawn Clark, and Akevious Powell are accused of the shooting death of Desmond Dicks Jr. at Double Churches Park in 2016.

All three suspects face murder, armed robbery, and gang charges.  The trial began last week but was delayed because of scheduling conflicts with courtrooms and attorneys. 

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