- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2001

Defense attorneys yesterday hammered away at the testimony of Gerald Edelin, saying that he lied so much during his days as a drug courier that he surely lied in the death-penalty trial of his half-brother, Tommy, and five co-defendants.
"You cooperated to get yourself out of a jam?" asked Diane Savage, attorney for Bryan Bostick, in the last hour of Gerald Edelin's two days of testifying in U.S. District Court.
"That's right," said Gerald Edelin, 34, who earlier conceded he hopes to get a reduced sentence for pleading guilty in a plea bargain for his testimony.
Tommy Edelin is charged with a "continuing criminal enterprise" and ordering and arranging the slayings of 14 others. He and the co-defendants his father, Earl Edelin, Mr. Bostick, Marwin Mosley, Henry Johnson and Shelton Marbury are all charged with conspiracy and racketeering in drug dealing.
If convicted, Tommy Edelin, 33, could be sentenced to death. The co-defendants could be sentenced to life in prison.
Referring to the possible death sentence, Richard Gilbert, attorney for Mr. Johnson, asked Gerald Edelin, "Did you know what he was facing?" when Gerald Edelin agreed to a plea bargain.
"Yes, I knew," answered Gerald Edelin.
To questions by other defense attorneys, Gerald Edelin conceded that he, in effect, lied to police when he drove at or below speed limits, hid drugs in his cars and used tow trucks and limos to avoid police detection.
He also admitted that he said nothing in his first statement to police and the FBI about Tommy Edelin's reputed leadership in the drug ring and his purportedly ordering the slaying of potential opponents and of the killer of their uncle, Wayne Edelin.
Although Gerald Edelin said he loved his half-brother and father, he admitted to Tommy Edelin's attorney, James W. Rudasill Jr., that he did not know Tommy Edelin was a brother until he was 15 or 16. Tommy Edelin used his mother's last name, McEachin, until the late 1980s.
Gerald Edelin told Mary Davis, his father's attorney, that a sister told him that Earl Edelin had fathered 23 children, and he could only name eight of them.
The next witness was Thomas "Mussie" Sims, 24, also in prison, who readily admitted to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Pfleger that he has murdered two or more persons, including one man while he was loose on the D.C. streets in a cooperative investigation with the FBI.
Sims said he was 8 years old when he began helping drug dealers in the Stanton Dwellings housing complex in Southeast. He said his mother, a Metro bus driver, moved him to Upper Marlboro when he was about 12 to get him out of the bad community, but he soon found a way to deal guns to his old friends in the District.

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