'Heartless Felons': Convicted gang leader wants a new trial

'Heartless Felons': Convicted gang leader wants a new trial

Less than a month after being convicted of murder, robbery and other charges, gang leader Julius Webster wants a new trial.

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

Webster was indicted for "participating in a criminal gang" as part of the 'heartless felons' street gang. Prosecutors say this marks only the second time they have used the gang charge.

After the verdict, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty revealed that at least two death threats were made against Judge Astrab during the trial, as well as threats against his family. As a result, William Hammons has been indicted for retaliation, intimidation and three counts of aggravated menacing. Hammons is also a member of the 'heartless felons' gang.

The 28-year-old Webster was facing ten counts but on February 9, 2015 he was only convicted of four.

Sentencing for Webster is currently set for March 10.

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