Racketeering Trial Takes Thanksgiving Break

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

November 23, 2005

The prosecution has yet to wrap up its case in a federal racketeering trial.

Four men are charged with heading a Charlottesville drug ring among a rap sheet of other violent crimes.

12 men have testified against Louis Antonio Bryant, John Bryant, Clay Maupin and Terry Suggs. All the men have said they were involved in this drug conspiracy and have now taken the stand testifying against the men they once stood beside.

Wednesday, Robert Prior, known on the streets as 'Face,' testified that Louis Bryant tried to kill him.

Another witness, Lorenzo Timberlake, known as 'Little Rennie,' made other damaging statements.

"He testified that he was frequently with Mr. Bryant at the rap studio and [that] Bryant injected actual events [into his music]," said Assistant U.S. attorney Tim Heaphy.

Timberlake says Louis Bryant also known as 'Tinio' or 'Black' and in rap circles as 'B-Stacks,' rapped about selling drugs, carrying guns and an incident where cops seized $20,000 from Bryant in North Carolina.

Money Bryant raps he made back in just two weeks.

According to testimony, Bryant, is the leader of this crime ring and a gang called Westside or PJC. Witnesses have also indicated Maupin and Suggs as key figures in this organized group. But there's been little testimony about the 4th defendant in this case John Bryant's involvement.

Bryant is the only defendant on trial that is free on bail.

The jury is taking a two day thanksgiving break and will be back in court on Monday. That's when the defense is expected to begin presenting its case.

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