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November 30, 1999 | by Nicole Weisensee and Christine Bahls, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writer Gloria Campisi contributed to this report
The mother forced her teen-age daughters into prostitution in New York City so she could get a cut of the profits, sources say. And when one of them showed her ingratitude by running away, the mother enlisted the notorious Latin Kings gang to get her back, the sources add. The mother, Nereida Domenech, 38, of Frankford, has been locked up, along with her boyfriend, alleged Latin Kings member Victor Lopez, 36, and seven other reputed gang...
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November 30, 1999 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
The Latin Kings were founded in Chicago in the 1940s. They're notorious in New York City. And they're just getting started in Philadelphia, authorities say. But cops here say they're on top of the problem. "We've hurt them real bad," said Officer Robert Clark, an expert on the Latin Kings who works out of the department's organized crime unit. "That's why they haven't gotten to the level they are in New York or Chicago. " Currently, between one and 200 men and women belong to the local gang, which specializes in drug trafficking, but dabbles in a lot of illegal activity, Clark said.
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May 25, 1998 | By Laura Barnhardt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Montgomery County jury quickly deliberated a Norristown murder and left for Memorial Day weekend destinations, while Jorge "George" Munoz left the courthouse Friday as a convicted murderer facing mandatory life in prison, with no chance of parole. The jurors convicted Munoz of first-degree murder and related charges in the shooting of Christopher McNelly, a 20-year factory worker and father of infant twins who died on a Norristown sidewalk a few weeks before Christmas in 1996 with a three-inch bullet hole in his chest.
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May 22, 1998 | By Eddie Olsen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On a day of contradictions and taut tempers among court officials, Luis A. Cruz Jr. testified yesterday that he was coerced into confessing to the Dec. 11, 1995, murder of Santina Leonardi, the 74-year-old owner of a general store in Woolwich Township. Speaking in halting English and in Spanish that had to be interpreted to court officials, Cruz said he was pressured by Jorge Pinto Rivera into saying he killed Leonardi. Cruz said Rivera ordered him at gunpoint to commit the murder.
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March 26, 1998 | By Laura Barnhardt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Christopher McNelly, a 20-year-old factory worker, died on a sidewalk in Norristown with a 3-inch bullet hole in his chest, a pistol in his back pocket and a 6-week-old son at home. Yesterday, a Montgomery County Court jury determined that the December 1996 shooting was not an act of self-defense and convicted Victor Manuel Rodriguez, a reputed New York gang member, of first-degree murder. Rodriguez, 25, of Norristown, a tall man known as "Skinny Vic," occasionally lifted his head and glanced at the jurors as each pronounced him guilty.
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March 25, 1998 | By Douglas Belkin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Montgomery County Court jury soon will have to decide if Victor Manuel Rodriguez is a gang leader who ordered a cold-blooded murder or an ordinary guy trying to protect his wife from an assassin. Rodriguez, formerly of Long Island and now of Norristown, is charged with the murder of 19-year-old Christopher McNelly of Norristown, who was killed by a shotgun blast at close range in the borough in December 1996. Closing arguments are expected today before Judge Samuel W. Salus 2d. Wearing a dark suit, white shirt and round, dark glasses, the tall, thin 25-year-old took the stand yesterday in his own defense.
NEWS
March 19, 1998 | By Laura Barnhardt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The fatal shooting of Christopher McNelly in Norristown in December 1996 was either done at the order of a New York gang leader or was done in self-defense by men who were no more organized than the "Little Rascals. " In opening statements yesterday in Montgomery County Court, attorneys presented different versions of how and why McNelly was killed. Assistant District Attorney J.P. Mascaro 3d talked about the intimidation of witnesses and about the violent encounters that escalated to murder that night.
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March 18, 1998 | By Douglas Belkin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Opening statements are expected today in the murder trial of a reputed gang leader who prosecutors say came from New York to organize a chapter of the Latin Kings and then ordered an underling to kill an adversary. Wearing dark glasses, Victor Manuel Rodriguez, 25, sat impassively through two days of pretrial hearings while his attorney, and the lawyer for alleged triggerman Jorge Munoz, failed to suppress evidence the prosecutors will use to make their case. Munoz, now 19, allegedly fired a single shot at close range into Christopher McNelly's chest on Dec. 5, 1996, on George and West Airy Streets in Norristown.
NEWS
September 19, 1994 | By CLAUDE LEWIS
On almost any list of the least-trusted people, politicians rate high. If Nelson Antonio Denis, a Democrat who made - and lost - his bid for the New York State Assembly from East Harlem, is any example, it's no wonder. Denis boldly campaigned with the vigorous support of the Latin Kings, a youth gang that both police and prosecutors say is responsible for at least eight murders in New York City during the last two years. The Latin Kings gang was founded in prison 20 years ago. The organization places membership at close to 3,000.
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