- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A judge in Cleveland has ordered a SWAT team to accompany a jury to sites where an alleged gang leader is accused of committing a series of violent crimes.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Common Pleas Judge Michael Astrab says the protection is necessary on Wednesday when the jury sees where prosecutors say Julius Webster committed the crimes in August 2013.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (https://bit.ly/15uyQss ) reports the judge called for the extra protection when Webster - an alleged leader of the gang known as Heartless Felons - demanded he be allowed to attend the viewing of the sites.

The jury is expected to see a location where Webster is accused of robbing and killing another man, and a gas station where Webster is accused of a carjacking.

Webster denies the charges.


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