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Prosecutors tout the largest murder indictment in Ohio history
Gang members accused of a dozen murders and nearly twice that many attempted murders
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Police say the Short North Posse terrorized people in Columbus.
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Prosecutors and law enforcement in central Ohio have announced what they say is the largest federal murder indictment in Ohio history.

Seventeen alleged members of the Short North Posse are accused of 12 unsolved murders and 23 attempted murders in six central Ohio cities since 2005. Carter Stewart is the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

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"This gang has been hit significantly. This gang was also prosecuted in the mid-to-late 90s as well, so there have been multiple hits on this gang. We can’t say that it’s been decimated. We can’t say that it’s been dismantled, that’s our goal, but I can tell you they’ve taken a significant hit, especially on their enforcement side."

 Stewart says those gang members named in the indictment referred to themselves as the Cut Throat Committee and the Homicide Squad, and that they intimidated witnesses to keep them from talking to police.

The indictment is the result of a two-year investigation involving federal, state and local law enforcement.

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