Judge Orders Separate Trial for Gang Killing

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A federal judge says an alleged Wichita street gang member facing a possible death penalty is entitled to a separate trial in the first federal racketeering case ever filed in Kansas.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten issued an order Monday saying that Jason Tisdale's case may be prejudiced if jurors hear it at the same time as those of 19 other co-defendants who are not facing the death penalty.

Tisdale, 28, is charged in three killings connected with 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.

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