Prosecutor Says 6 Witnesses Were Threatened After Info In Gang Case Was Posted Online

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District Attorney General Neal Pinkston

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston said Monday that six persons told his office they were threatened after one of the defendants in the Athens Park Bloods RICO gang case posted documents online giving details of the state’s case.

He also said one law enforcement agency also reported a threat.

After the issue arose, Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz halted electronic filings of information in the case. However, he has withdrawn that order.

Also at a hearing in the case, two attorneys representing defendants facing the death penalty said they still have not received any information on charges related to the death of state’s witness Bianca Horton.

Attorneys Steve Moore and Dan Ripper said they are still awaiting discovery.

Andre Grier, Charles Shelton and Courtney High are charged in the 2016 death of Ms. Horton, who had been set to testify at the murder trial of Cortez Sims. Sims was convicted of murder anyway.

DA Pinkston earlier said that Ms. Horton was tortured prior to being killed.

The district attorney said his office will meet the upcoming deadline for having information turned over to the attorneys for the defendants.

Also, the judge heard additional argument that the state RICO statute is unconstitutional.

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