Eleven members of Gangster Disciples in Tennessee charged with multiple murders
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Eleven members of the Gangster Disciples have been charged in Nashville for racketeering, drug distribution, and multiple murders.
The U.S. Attorney's Office of Middle Tennessee announced the 40 count indictment on Friday alongside representatives from the TBI, ATF, Clarksville PD, Rutherford County Sheriff, Gallatin PD, and Kentucky State Police.
The "coordinated takedown" of these individuals took place in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida. Search warrants were also issued in Clarksville and Murfreesboro, where many of the defendants live.
According to the indictment, the defendendants are all part of the Gangster Disciples, a violent Chicago-based gang active in multiple states, including Tennessee.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, "the indictment alleges that on Jan. 6, 2012, Gangster Disciples member Brandon Durell Hardison, 31, of Madison, Tenn., murdered a Gangster Disciples associate. That same date, Hardison also murdered the associate’s girlfriend, who was a witness to the murder, then enlisted other Gangster Disciples members to dispose of the murder weapon, according to the allegations.
The indictment alleges that Hardison committed these murders for the purpose of maintaining and increasing his position in the Gangster Disciples."
The indictment also accuses several Clarksville men of plotting to murder members of the rival Vice Lords gang that resulted in the shooting of four people in Clarksville in 2014. In a separate crime, another Clarksville man is accused of attempting to murder to other Vice Lords gang members.
In 2012, three men are also charged with conspiring to kill Bloods gang members, resulting in the murder of a man in a Clarksville nightclub.
Each of the individuals are facing 10 years to life in prison if convicted.