Two suspects plead not guilty in RICO case

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

Marcus Jackson, left, and Dayven Taylor arrive for court Wednesday at the Cleveland County courthouse. Both face multiple charges, including Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. Both plead not guilty and will next have status conferences Jan. 10.

Two defendants pleaded not guilty Wednesday to Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) and other charges during district court arraignments in Cleveland County Judge Michael Tupper's courtroom.

Dayven Devon Taylor, represented by attorney Matt Swain, and Marcus Larod Jackson, represented by attorney Michael Amend, now have status conferences at 3 p.m. Jan. 10. Tupper set the date per request from defense and Cleveland County Assistant District Attorney Nathaniel Hales, to accommodate busy case schedules and to allow more time to work on the cases.

Besides Hales, other prosecutors in the RICO cases include assistant district attorneys Patrick Crowe and Travis White.

Prosecutors allege that the defendants are members of the "Money Murder Gang," or MMG.

Taylor, 19, faces nine charges: racketeering in concert with seven other alleged gang members, conspiracy to commit racketeering, two counts of discharging a weapon into a dwelling in concert with two other alleged members, assault and battery with a deadly weapon in concert with another alleged member, shooting with intent to kill in concert with three other alleged members, use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon in concert with three other alleged members, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in concert with three other alleged members and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in concert with three other alleged members.

Taylor is being held in Cleveland County jail on $500,000 bond.

Jackson, 21, faces eight charges: racketeering in concert with seven other alleged gang members, conspiracy to commit racketeering, two counts of discharging a weapon into a dwelling in concert with other alleged members, assault and battery with a deadly weapon in concert with three other alleged members, shooting with intent to kill in concert with two other alleged members and two counts of possession of a firearm after former felony conviction.

Jackson is being held in Department of Corrections custody in McClain County on $500,000 bond.

Quinlan Javan Hardiman, 19, who previously entered a blind guilty plea and refused to testify, was not listed in custody and did not make an appearance for sentencing on RICO charges. Tupper set a new sentencing date for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in his courtroom.

Hardiman is being held in Department of Corrections custody in Hominy, serving time stemming from other charges. He is being held on $200,000 bond in the RICO case.

Eight people were arrested in the RICO case.

Lawrence Lay Jr., who initially was not charged in the RICO case, was charged in early August with racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and discharging a firearm into a dwelling. He will appear before county Judge Steve Stice for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 23.

Dijon Fosha Pickett, who reached an agreement to testify, will be in court at 3 p.m. Oct. 17 in Tupper's courtroom. Juwan Thomas Square will have a formal arraignment at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

Pickett is charged with racketeering, felonious assault and battery with a deadly weapon and shooting with intent to kill.

Square faces eight counts: racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, shooting with intent to kill, use of vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and two counts of two counts of possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, many of them in concert with other alleged gang members.

A juvenile, alias "Tiny," also was charged in the case.

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