Three defendants charged in a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) case are scheduled to make court appearances at 10 a.m. today in Special District Judge Michael Tupper's Cleveland County courtroom.
Formal arraignments are scheduled for Marcus Larod Jackson and Dayven Devon Taylor. Quinlan Javan Hardiman, who previously entered a blind guilty plea and refused to testify, is scheduled for sentencing.
Tupper said two other defendants' cases have been continued to next month, per an agreement with the parties involved. Juwan Thomas Square will have a formal arraignment at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Dijon Fosha Pickett, who reached an agreement with the state to testify, will be in court at 3 p.m. Oct. 17 in Tupper's courtroom.
Jackson, Square and Taylor are facing facing RICO and other charges relating to at least two robberies, three drive-by shootings and other drug and firearms charges that occurred in Norman last June through December.
Hardiman faces RICO charges as well as possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check or false pretenses and robbery.
In addition to RICO charges, Pickett is charged with felonious assault and battery with a deadly weapon and shooting with intent to kill.
A juvenile, alias "Tiny," also was charged in the case.
The defendants, who police say are members of the "Murder Money Gang," were arrested in April after an investigation by the Norman Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Criminal Investigations Section and Special Investigations Section, with assistance from the Cleveland County District Attorney's Office. The organization also reportedly committed various criminal offenses outside of Norman.
Many of the defendants were identified as having association with the "Rolling 30's" Crips, according to testimony during a July hearing.