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Friday, October 19, 2012

Feds charge Hankton, associates with murder, racketeering, obstruction in 22-count indictment

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM

A federal grand jury has charged Telly Hankton and 12 associates with 22 criminal counts, including murder, racketeering, drug distribution and obstruction of justice.

Hankton's alleged co-conspirators include his mother Shirley Hankton, who was arrested along with most of the others this morning, WWL-TV reported. The other defendants are Walter Porter, Nakia Hankton, Thomas Hankton, Troy Hankton, George Jackson, Derrick Smothers, Andre Hankton, Kevin Jackson, Netthany Schexnayder, Sana Johnson and Terrell Smothers.

Porter's alleged crimes include shooting John Matthews, who testified against Telly Hankton for the 2008 killing of Darnell Stewart. Hankton was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last year. Porter is also charged with murdering Matthews' brother, Curtis Matthews, following Hankton's conviction. Porter turned himself into police shortly after being identified as a suspect in the murder, but District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro dropped local charges, citing a request from the federal government in May, The Times-Picayune reported.

Read the indictment: Hankton.pdf

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