- The Washington Times - Friday, July 20, 2001

The Young Young Crew, which evolved "sort of" into the One-Five Mob, was a loose-knit gang, mostly of Southeast youths who had known each other all their lives and used and dealt drugs, Damien "O Face" Green, 24, testified yesterday in the drug and racketeering trial of Tommy Edelin and five others.
Green, who has a learning disability and cannot read, said Mr. Edelin, 33, was the leader, envied because he had clothes, cars, jewelry and money, and "I wanted it, too."
Green said he knew of only one formal meeting Mr. Edelin called in his Drama City Studios, which Green did not attend. Although he understood the drug supply came from Mr. Edelin, Green said, he never received any from that source and he never was given directions to shoot or kill anyone.
Those at the meeting talked about the killing of an opponent, Maurice "Reesy" Doleman, on Nov. 26, 1993, the beginning of shootings and violence in the Stanton Dwellings communities, Green said he was told.
"The Young Young Crew ain't never goin' to die," Green predicted.
"He had respect," Green testified about Mr. Edelin, compared with "Kevin Gray (who) had no respect."
Gray and 15 co-defendants are scheduled to begin trial in November on similar racketeering, drug-dealing and more than 30 murder charges evolving out of operations also centered in the Southeast in the 1990s.
Green is testifying against Mr. Edelin and five co-defendants on charges of racketeering, drug-dealing, conspiracy and involvement in 14 killings. If convicted, Mr. Edelin could be sentenced to death. Life sentences without parole could be imposed on co-defendants Shelton "Wah-Luck" Marbury, Henry "Blue" Johnson, Marwin "Funky" Mosley, Bryan Bostick, and Mr. Edelin's father, Earl "Tony" Edelin, 51.
Green, concluding a week of testimony in U.S. District Court, said he never received drugs from Tommy Edelin, but did get drugs twice from Tony Edelin, whom he saw once with a pistol.
Although Green was on probation in the mid-1990s, Tony Edelin, as director of the Stanton Dwellings Recreation Center, signed statements that Green was undergoing drug treatment and was employed neither of which was true to give to Green's probation officer.
"I hope he don't get the death penalty," Green said of Tommy Edelin, acknowledging that the younger Edelin, who did not drink, smoke or do drugs, had advised him to give up smoking pot, using PCP and drinking liquor and beer.
Ronnie "Squid" Middleton was one of Green's lifelong friends, who became "The Man" for both Tommy and Tony Edelin, Green testified.
"He would do his dirty work for (Tommy). He would kill, rob, whatever he told him to do," Green said.
Middleton, in racketeering action, is said to have killed Emmanuel Bennett on Aug. 27, 1993; Doleman; and Edgar "Tweety" Watson on June 6, 1997. The 93-count indictment of the six men on trial accuses Tommy Edelin of having Middleton killed on Aug. 17, 1998.
Green's answers to defense attorneys' questions often become long and involved. Yesterday, Richard Gilbert, attorney for Johnson, asked Green several times to answer simply "yes" or "no."
Green often refers to persons only by their nicknames. When pressed, he has said, "To tell you the truth, I don't know his real name."

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