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Prosecutors to seek death penalty for 2 in Aryan Warriors case

Sep 11, 2019 |

By LVRJ

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they plan to seek the death penalty for two of the 23 defendants tied to a violent white supremacist Nevada prison gang.

Anthony Williams, 36, and Tarik “Torque” Goicoechea, 34, are suspected of stabbing a fellow inmate to death before Williams was freed from High Desert State Prison without facing criminal charges in the killing.

Williams, who goes by the nickname “Mugsy,” was not charged in the slaying until last month, more than half a year after he was tried and convicted for his role in a string of robberies across Clark County that occurred after his release.

Prosecutors said they plan to seek capital punishment for both Williams and Goicoechea. Both men pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

A sweeping indictment against reputed members of the Aryan Warriors was recently unsealed as a result of an investigation by a gang task force with representatives from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Clark County district attorney’s office, the Metropolitan Police Department, North Las Vegas police, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada Department of Corrections.

The defendants, many of whom appeared in court Wednesday afternoon, face charges ranging from murder and robbery to drug trafficking and racketeering.

The indictment was the first time prosecutors publicly linked Williams and Goicoechea to the slaying of 26-year-old Andrew Thurgood.

Authorities have declined to say why it took more than three years to charge Williams, a felon with convictions dating back to 2001, and Goicoechea in the February 2016 death of Thurgood, who was serving time at the prison for attempted possession of a stolen vehicle.

No other crimes listed in the indictment occurred before January.

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