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Final suspect in alleged Cut Throat gang pleads not guilty

Thursday, March 5, 2009 | 7:15 p.m. CST; updated 8:38 p.m. CST, Thursday, March 5, 2009

COLUMBIA — The last of the 16 suspected members of the alleged Cut Throat pleaded not guilty to drug-trafficking charges Thursday in the central division of the U.S. Court for the Western District of Missouri in Jefferson City.

William Harold Rogers, 42, is charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possessing at least 50 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute and using a communications facility for drug-trafficking.

Other 15 suspected gang members

William Ricky Boyd, 21, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and involvement in another conspiracy consisting of competition with other individuals for drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms and firing a gun into a group of two or more people. He will remain in prison for prior convictions of drug and gun charge.

Demarco Laron Burnett, 24, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and two counts of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine base. He is detained in prison until trial.

Tarron Montez Cason, 25, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and use of a communications facility for drug trafficking. He is detained in prison until trial.

Donna C. Coats, 39, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and use of a communication device to facilitate illegal drug distribution. She is detained in prison until trial.

Eric Sherron Coats, 21, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, use of a communications facility for drug trafficking, possession of a firearm while being addicted to a controlled substance, and involvement in another conspiracy consisting of competition with other individuals for drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms and firing a gun into a group of two or more people. He is detained in prison until trial. The prosecutor identified him as the Cut Throat gang leader.

Koda Alshawn Coats, 22, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute at least five grams of cocaine base and involvement in another conspiracy consisting of competition with other individuals for drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms and firing a gun into a group of two or more people. He will remain in prison for prior convictions of drug and gun charges.

Diondre Jamel Cooper, 20, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and involvement in another conspiracy consisting of competition with other individuals for drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms and firing a gun into a group of two or more people. He will remain in prison for a prior conviction of theft.

Cheviss Caron Denny, 21, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute a cocaine base, use of a communications facility for drug trafficking and participating in another conspiracy involving competition with other individuals for drug trafficking, possessing illegal firearms and firing a gun into a group of two or more people. He is detained in prison until trial.

Dajuan Anthony Harris, 25, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, use of a communication device to facilitate drug trafficking, possession of firearms while previously convicted and involvement in another conspiracy consisting of competition with other individuals for drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms and firing a gun into a group of two or more people. He will remain in prison until future pretrial hearings.

Brandon James Isom, 19, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and use of a communication device for drug trafficking. He will remain in prison until future pretrial hearings.

Robert Lee Jones, 19, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and marijuana, use of a communication device for drug trafficking, possession of a weapon while previously convicted and involvement in another conspiracy consisting of competition with other individuals for drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms and firing a gun into a group of two or more people. He will remain in prison until future pretrial hearings.

Ryan Montez Kee, 22, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana. He will remain in prison for a prior drug conviction.

Robert Darnell Simmons, 36, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and another conspiracy charge involving illegal drug distribution; competition with other individuals for drug trafficking; possession of firearms with the intent to harm and intimidate; and firing a gun into a group of two or more people. He is detained in prison until trial.

Michael Lee Stapleton, 22, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. He is detained in prison until trial.

Dametrell Koda Washington, 27, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and being a felon in possession of firearms. He will remain in prison for a prior drug conviction.


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He is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for second-degree drug-trafficking, according to Missouri Case.net.

Magistrate William A. Knox decided to detain Rogers until his July 20 trial unless he becomes eligible for parole before that.

Because of Rogers’ low monthly income from prison, Knox appointed Springfield lawyer David A. Healy to represent him.

Case evidence includes wiretap conversations, electronic surveillance, search and seizure records and witness testimony, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Gonzalez said. Copies of the evidence have been made available to attorneys on the case, but Gonzalez has filed a protective order, so the evidence is not available to the public.

Rogers is the last suspected gang member to enter a plea of not guilty for the alleged drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Each of the 16 alleged gang members are set to be tried on July 20 in front of Federal Judge Nanette K. Laughrey.


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