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Wed Sep 14, 2016, 07:16 PM

Biggest Street-Gang Trial in Recent Chicago History Begins

Source: Associated Press

Biggest Street-Gang Trial in Recent Chicago History Begins

By MICHAEL TARM, ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO Sep 14, 2016, 5:58 PM ET

Six purported leaders of Chicago's powerful Hobos street gang went on trial Wednesday in a case that could provide a rare look inside the kind of criminal activity fueling gun violence in the nation's third-largest city.

A prosecutor displayed photos of killing scenes and held up assault rifles during opening statements, telling jurors the defendants murdered, maimed and tortured their way into controlling lucrative drug markets on Chicago's South Side. The trial is the biggest of its kind in recent city history and could take up to three months.

The six men charged with racketeering conspiracy were not "a group of misguided youth" but "an all-star team of the worst of the worst" who "terrorized the city," federal prosecutor Patrick Otlewski said.

He told jurors, "You will look into the eyes of murderers ... every day."

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/openings-set-major-chicago-gang-trial-focused-killings-42075425

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