Law enforcement officials in Georgia have confirmed that an infamous gang leader has been charged with ordering a hit from behind bars which led to the murder of a 9-month-old boy.
Kenneth Eric Jackson, the highest ranking member of the Sex Money Murder Bloods gang, was indicted on murder and gang-related charges due to his alleged role in the May 2014 shooting of KenDarious Edwards Jr., according to WXIA.
Jackson reportedly sent several masked gang members to a house in Decatur, where they opened fire on the child, his mother, his grandmother, and a family friend. DeKalb County Chief of Police Cedric Alexander said that the three women were shot and wounded, while the baby was killed.
The District's Attorney Office indicated that Jackson used a contraband mobile phone to order the hit in retaliation for the murder of one of his gang members by the child's uncle, CBS reports.
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"This was a ruthless act ordered by a gang leader looking to spread fear and intimidation," said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James in relation to the murder.
Several other alleged gang members were named in the indictment along with Jackson: Devin Thomas, Marco Watson and Christopher Florence. These were reportedly the men who carried out the killing. Another individual, Eunice English, was also named.
The five individuals face more than 15 counts including malice murder, aggravated assault, and kidnapping.
At a press conference May 17, James said:
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"We are at war with organized street gangs. This is a war that we have to win. This is a war we intend to win."