Feds Seek Death Penalty Against Wichita Gang Member

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for an alleged Wichita street gang member in the first federal racketeering case ever filed in Kansas.

Jason Tisdale, 28, is charged in three killings connected to the Crips gang. He is charged in the Feb. 3, 1998, killings of Tisha Jones and Keith James, and the Aug. 5, 2004, killing of Umanah Smith.

Defense attorney Val Wachtel declined to comment on the pending case.

Tisdale is one of 28 defendants charged in a racketeering enterprise that included four murders, attempted murders, arson, robbery, drug trafficking and transportation of minors for prostitution.

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