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TMCNet:  BRIEF: Latin Kings trial: Judge orders grandmother of gang member to testify

[November 09, 2012]

BRIEF: Latin Kings trial: Judge orders grandmother of gang member to testify

Nov 09, 2012 (News & Record - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- WINSTON-SALEM -- U.S. District Court Judge James A. Beaty Jr. has ordered a woman to return to Greensboro to testify in the federal racketeering trial of Jorge Cornell on Nov. 15, despite the woman's reports of lower back issues and other health problems.

Helen Buscemi, grandmother of former Latin King, Wesley Anderson Williams, is expected to testify about a July 2010 fire her home on Kirkman Street in Greensboro. Prosecutors say Williams, who has struck a plea deal, set the home on fire for the insurance money on the orders of Cornell.

Cornell, 36, is the state leader of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation. He and six other defendants are accused of running a criminal conspiracy that committed murder, assault, robbery, bank fraud and other crimes.

Testimony in Friday's trial included Guilford County Sheriff's Office surveillance video of alleged gang members at a Greensboro funeral home. ATF agent Ernest Driver told jurors about weapons taken into evidence.

The trial is expected to last three more weeks.

The prosecution is expected to finish Tuesday. Testimony resumes at 9:30 a.m.

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