Two top street gang members indicted for the murder of a federal witness
TULSA – A federal grand jury indicted two top members of the “Hoover Crips” street gang for the murder of a federal witness.
31-year-old Lorell Battle, 19-year-old Gaywone Blades, 32-year-old Paul Battle, and 28-year-old Thomas Jackson all from Tulsa, have indictment charges with conspiracy and drug related crimes.
Additionally, Lorell Battle and Gaywone Blades are charged with conspiracy to commit murder, murder of federal witness, and the use of a firearm during and in relation to a violent crime in retaliation against a federal witness.
In addition to the drug related charges, the Fourth Superseding Indictment alleges that, in April 2013, Lorell Battle and Gaywone Blades premeditated the murder of a federal witness in retaliation for his being a federal trial witness and providing to law enforcement information about gang activities and other crimes.
The indictment alleges Lorell Battle shot the victim thirteen (13) times at close range with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
The case is being investigated by the Tulsa Police Department’s Special Investigations Division assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.