Gang members accused in killing murder plot of Lake Wylie couple to appear in court

Gang members accused in killing murder plot of Lake Wylie couple to appear in court
Jamell Cureton (Mecklenburg County Jail)
Jamell Cureton (Mecklenburg County Jail)
Malcolm Hartley (Mecklenburg County Jail)
Malcolm Hartley (Mecklenburg County Jail)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two alleged members of the United Blood Nation (UBN) gang are expected in federal court next week for a plea hearing after a Lake Wylie couple was found shot to death in their home.

Jamell Cureton is accused of plotting the murder of Doug and Debbie London in October 2014.

A 51-page federal indictment says the couple was killed to keep Doug London from testifying against three gang members who attempted to rob the Londons' mattress store in May 2014.

Cureton was reportedly wounded by London during the attempt.

The alleged gunman in the Londons' killings was Malcolm Hartley and prosecutors said he was promoted in the gang after their deaths.

According to documents filed in federal court Thursday, both men are expected to have a plea hearing Tuesday. Cureton's hearing will be at 9:30 a.m., Hartley's hearing will be at 10 a.m.

Both are facing a possible death penalty in the case.

The pair is among 12 reputed members of UBN charged with running a criminal enterprise in Charlotte.

Last year, Cureton requested in federal court that the charges be thrown out after his attorney, Chiege Okwara, says his jail cell was searched in what she's calling an illegal search.

Cureton claims that his right to defend himself was taken away when his cell was raided in January 2014 by the FBI and correspondence with his attorney was seized. He claims other documents were also taken in the raid.

Those documents included letters from Cureton to Nana Adoma, another alleged gang member.

According to the document, several recorded phone calls between Cureton and other alleged gang members accused in the killing were seized, as well as letters between Cureton, those gang members and attorneys.

Federal prosecutors say Briana Johnson, 18 years old at the time of the shooting, drove Hartley to the London's home where he shot and killed the couple.

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