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SWAT present as testimony continues in trial for local gang member

Julius Webster (SOURCE: Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force) Julius Webster (SOURCE: Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force)
SWAT team and jury visits crime scene. (Source: WOIO) SWAT team and jury visits crime scene. (Source: WOIO)

Testimony continues Wednesday for alleged gang leader Julius Webster.

The 28-year-old is on trial for a carjacking and the robbery and murder of Curtis Leon Marks, Jr. Marks, 31, was murdered August 29, 2013 outside a bar at the corner of E. 70th and Superior in Cleveland. 

Webster's trial is being heard in front of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Astrab and in addition to extra security the judge has issued strict courtroom rules.

Today, SWAT teams will be with the jury when they view the crime scenes, located at E. 71st Street and Superior for the murder and a gas station on St. Clair for the carjacking.

Webster was arrested in Parma two months after Marks' murder. At the time he was also wanted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office for escape, the Adult Parole Authority for a parole violation and was suspected in two separate homicides in Canton.

Police say Webster was a founding member and leader of the Heartless Felons Street Gang and had been previewed on multiple occasions throughout multiple cities as the United States Marshals Fugitive of the Week.  

He and four other people were indicted last May for "participating in a criminal gang." 

Prosecutors say this marks only the second time they have used the gang charge.  

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