- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 21, 2000

The U.S. Attorney's Office yesterday announced 31 murder charges and 11 attempted murder charges against a drug gang reputed to be the most violent in the District of Columbia's history.

In addition, the gang's jailed leader Kevin L. Gray, 29, of the 2700 block of Naylor Road SE is accused in 22 of the 31 murder counts.

"That is more than any [other] individual … charged with murder in the history of Washington, D.C.," said U.S. Attorney Wilma Lewis.

A federal grand jury in May indicted Gray and 11 members of his gang on 76 counts of murder, drug trafficking, racketeering and conspiracy. Yesterday, the grand jury added 82 charges and eight gang members to the indictment.

The only gang member still at large is Wilford "Woofus" Oliver, who was accused previously in the indictment.

"They operated a successful drug organization that expanded through ruthless violence," Miss Lewis said. "They are charged with acts of violence in all four quadrants of Washington, D.C., as well as in Virginia and Maryland."

If convicted of the federal charges, Gray and his gang could face life in prison without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty, if the U.S. attorney general decides to seek capital punishment.

The death penalty is banned in the District, but federal charges allow capital punishment. The U.S. attorney general must decide, with the recommendation of the U.S. attorney, whether the death penalty will be sought.

Miss Lewis has not said if she will seek the death penalty in the Gray case.

Yesterday, the U.S. attorney said the investigation into the Gray gang was a joint Metropolitan Police-FBI effort, as part of the federal Gang Prosecution Section and Safe Streets Task Force.

"Today's indictment goes a long way in mitigating the problems of reckless disregard for human life by a relatively few violent individuals in our neighborhoods," said Special Agent Ellen Knowlton, head of the FBI's Washington field office's criminal division.

The 158-count indictment shows how Gray began his murder-for-hire and heroin-and-cocaine trafficking enterprise as a teen-ager. He was first involved in a killing on May 1, 1989, when Alvin "Flubby" Henson was killed in the 3100 block of Robinson Street SE, the indictment notes.

"As a juvenile he was an enforcer and street-level drug dealer. Then he graduated into murder-for-hire and distribution," said Timothy Heaphy, the assistant U.S. attorney who will prosecute the case.

Mr. Heaphy said that Rodney L. Moore, also a member of Gray's gang, was an associate of convicted drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III, and that Gray's drug enterprise was formed after Edmond's arrest in 1988.

He said Gray may have picked up some of Edmond's business in the H Street corridor but did not become his successor. "Moore was the only connection [to Edmond]," Mr. Heaphy said.

The indictment accuses Moore of 12 counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

The gang members are accused of killing rival drug dealers, gang members who defaulted on drug debts, witnesses and other who threatened the business of the drug organization.

The eight gang members added to indictment: Calvin "Asay" Smith, 26, of the 1800 block of Massachusetts Avenue NE; Larry Wilkerson, 27, of the 1800 block of Stanton Terrace SE; Timothy "Dog" Handy, 23, of Bryan Roads, Md.; Lionel "Brotherman" Nunn, 32, of Bowie; Ronald "Boo" Alfred, 29, of the 5300 block of Clay Terrace NE; James "Bam" Alfred, 27, of the 1100 block of North Capitol Street NW; Franklin Seggars, 45, of the 1600 block of Holbrook Street NE; and Deon Oliver, 23, of the 1200 block of Lamont Street NW.

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