NC jury deliberates in trial of suspected MS-13 gang members

One alleged gang member being taken into police headquarters during the May round-up. (Mark Davenport | WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A jury continued deliberation in the trial of four alleged MS-13 gang members Tuesday. In federal court, the jury requested to watch the video of police interviewing Miguel Zelaya, who is accused of killing Jose Orlando Ibarra in December 2013.

The video, in which Zelaya tells investigators about his gun, was first presented last week to the jurors.

Zelaya is looking at the death penalty for murder in the aid of racketeering. He has also been charged with the use of a firearm in a crime of violence.

The jury began deliberating Friday afternoon. Monday they asked a question about the firearm charge.

The jury is reviewing the evidence presented in the cases of four men.

Jorge Sosa is charged with attempted murder and RICO conspiracy charges. Luis Ordonez Vega’s most serious charge is murder in the aid of racketeering. Investigators say Ordonez Vega killed Noel Navarro Hernandez in June 2014. William Gavidia is facing RICO conspiracy charges.

Last year, 37 alleged MS-13 gang members were indicted on racketeering conspiracy charges, according to Jill Westmoreland Rose, acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

The majority of the people rounded up in May 2015 have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges. The FBI, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were involved in the arrests. A few of those arrested were witnesses in the trial.

Investigators are still looking for three fugitives: Miriam Barilles-Escamilla, Luis Villalta, and Salvador Ruiz.

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