A judge has ruled prosecutors can move forward with cases involving four of 13 people Rock Hill police arrested in January following a multi-agency investigation into a local “gang feud.”
But the judge also decided Tuesday that there was not sufficient evidence against three others accused of crimes police say were gang-related, according to court records.
In arrest warrants, police allege that many of the crimes the 13 are charged with involved a “gang feud” between gangs identified as 715 FAM and 901 KOB. The arrests came after an investigation conducted by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the FBI and local police.
Since the arrests, family members and others attending community meetings have accused police of overzealous targeting of young black defendants and overstating the gang problem in Rock Hill.
In preliminary hearings Tuesday, according to court records and prosecutors, a magistrate found prosecutors had presented enough evidence to pursue indictments against:
The judge did not find probable cause in cases against:
The judge dismissed the charges against Hope, Oden and Shannon, court records show, but prosecutors still can take their cases to a grand jury to pursue indictments.
Others alleged to have ties to gangs who were charged in January are scheduled for probable cause hearings next week.