LAFAYETTE, La. — Eight alleged members or associates of a white supremacist prison gang called the Aryan Circle have been indicted in Louisiana on federal charges in the 2016 killing of a fellow alleged member of the gang.
An indictment unsealed Tuesday charges Jeremy Wade Jordan, 38, of Orange, Texas, with "violent crimes in aid of racketeering" in the murder of Clifton Hallmark in Evangeline Parish.
Seven other people — including a Little Rock man — are charged separately with being accessories after the fact to the slaying. The two-page indictment, handed up Thursday under seal, states they helped Jordan "in order to hinder and prevent his apprehension, trial and punishment."
KLFY-TV has reported that Hallmark, a Shreveport resident, was shot and killed July 1, 2016, during an argument at a Turkey Creek home. The indictment doesn't state whether the suspects were in or out of prison when Hallmark was killed.
Jordan's 12-page indictment, which a grand jury handed up Dec. 14, states he and others participated in Hallmark's killing "for the purpose of gaining entrance to and maintaining and increasing position in" the Aryan Circle. Jordan also is charged with illegally using a firearm.
Jordan's indictment doesn't include any other details of the killing, but it outlines the structure and operation of the "violent, race-based, 'white's only' prison-based gang" to which he allegedly belonged.
The Aryan Circle was founded around 1985 within the Texas prison system, with members engaged in drug and firearms trafficking, killings, robbery and kidnapping and other crimes, the indictment says. The gang's influence recently has expanded to other rural and suburban areas in Texas and other states, including Louisiana and Missouri, and members often had tattoos incorporating Nazi-style symbols, the indictment says.
The seven people indicted on the accessory charge are: Richard Alan Smith, 47, of Little Rock; David Wayne "Big Dave" Williams, 36, of Sulphur, La.; Christina Marie Williams, 38, of Sulphur; Brian Elliot "Sneak" Granger, 36, of Beaumont, Texas; Leland Edward Hamm, 43, of Tulsa; Michael Paul Auxilien, 34, of Mamou, La.; and Stone Haynes, 49, of Beaumont, Texas.