Witness At Alleged Gangster’s Trial Killed

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Florida police are investigating the shooting death of a man scheduled to testify in a case against an alleged gang leader, The Palm Beach Post reported.

The Post, citing unidentified sources, reported the body of Eguel Geffrard, 25, was discovered about 7 a.m. the parking lot of a medical building.

A West Palm Beach police spokesman would not confirm the identity of the victim but said another man arrived Monday morning at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach with gunshot wounds. The spokesman did not provide an identity or other information.

Geffrard had been scheduled to testify Monday against 30-year-old Futo Charles, suspected of leading Top 6, a gang authorities blamed for a violent gang war in Lake Worth and Boynton Beach in 2006 and 2007, the Post said.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Karen Miller adjourned Charles’ racketeering trial Monday. It was expected to resume Tuesday.

Miller has rejected two plea agreements prosecutors and defense attorneys sought in the case.

The Post said Geffrard, alleged to have ties to Top 6, had been arrested 18 times since 2003 on a range of charges from drug possession to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors in Charles’ case and his attorney, Marianne S. Rantala, would not comment Monday’s shooting.

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