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2/17/10

Two Latin King gang members on trial in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Trial for two gang members, charged with capital murder will continue Thursday at the Federal Court House in Lubbock.

Members of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, Jose Nava and James Cole, sat in court for the second day.

Four witnesses took the stand, we won't release names for their safety. But jurors listened to their detailed testimonies on the Latin King's drug and weapon trafficking here in Lubbock and West Texas.

Surveillance video of a Latin King meeting with Nava and gang leaders from Chicago was played in court. Several pieces of evidence like photos and gang paraphernalia were also presented.

Some say the violent gang is the largest and most organized Hispanic street gang in the country and some members call Lubbock home. The gang was said to be created in the 1940s in Chicago, Illinois. Drug and gun trafficking, assaults, attempted murders, and murders are all known activities to this gang.

Nava of Lubbock is allegedly the Latin King leader in Texas. Nava and James Cole, also from Lubbock, are both on trial this week for the murders of Valerie Garcia, her unborn child, and Michael Cardona in Big Spring on May 4th, 2008.

Nava, Cole, and three others were all charged with this drive by shooting. According to an affidavit, Nava allegedly directed the others to go in two vehicles to conduct the drive by shooting on their rivals. Authorities say they then opened fire on six people, killing two, with Cole believed to be the shooter.

After the shooting the members allegedly left Big Spring and were later located in the Hub City four months later.

In March of 2009 FBI agents recovered parts of an AK47 assault rifle from White River in Crosby County. That is the same weapon investigators say the shooter used in the Big Spring drive by shooting.

Nava and Cole are the only two out of the 17 gang members and associates arrested on trial, because they pleaded not guilty to various crimes adding up to 11 indictments including those three capital murders. Nava is indicted on all 11 charges.

Testimony will resume Thursday morning.

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