LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - From the U.S. Attorney's Office
Donna McCollum, East Texas News
LUFKIN, Texas –A New Caney woman has become the final defendant to plead guilty to charges related to a double homicide which took place in Nacogdoches in August, 2007, announced Assistant Attorney General Larry A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John M. Bales for the Eastern District of Texas.
Carrie Christine Wood, 38, pleaded guilty to violent crime in aid of racketeering activity, to-wit, conspiracy to murder David Mitchamore today before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
"She had agreed that she had been involved in the murder by providing the weapon and then clean up after the murder," said Bales.
According to information presented in court, Wood was a close associate and confidant of her co-defendant, Carl Carver, a general of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. Carver pleaded guilty to his involvement in the murder of Mitchamore in January, 2011.
Bales held a round table discussion in Lufkin to update the community on the case. The goal is to keep East Texans aware of the Aryan Brotherhood's violent nature right here in the Piney Woods.
"They do a lot of strong arm robberies. There is no end to the menace that they are to the community," said Bales.
The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) is a powerful race-based state-wide organization which operates inside and outside of state and federal prisons throughout the state of Texas and the United States. The ABT enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects and associates through murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, assault, robbery and threats against those who violate the rules or pose a threat to the enterprise. Members, and oftentimes associates, are required to follow the orders of higher-ranking members, often referred to as "direct orders."
"I had heard of the ABT, of course, in a general way," said Bales. "I had no particular idea how strong they were in the East Texas area. How many of them there were, there are. And frankly, their hierarchy had escaped me."
For more than three years investigators sought out information surrounding the assassination of David Mitchamore, also known as "Super Dave," a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, and his girlfriend, Christy Rochelle Brown. They were murdered by Wood's co-defendant, Brent Stalsby, as a result of a "direct order" issued by Carver. Carver issued the "direct order" because Mitchamore failed to repay an outstanding debt he allegedly owed to the Aryan Brotherhood general. Wood delivered the "direct order" issued by Carver to co-defendant Charles Cameron Frazier, who in turn, enlisted Stalsby to kill David Mitchamore. Stalsby and Frazier entered guilty pleas earlier this year. The bodies of Mitchamore and Brown were discovered in Nacogdoches County on August 10, 2007. Two other individuals, Terry Stalsby and April Flanagan, both of Lufkin, have entered guilty pleas in relation to their involvement in the murder of Mitchamore and Brown.
Wood faces up to ten years in federal prison. Others face life in prison without parole. A sentencing date has not been set.
Investigators have learned a lot about the highly secretive Aryan Brotherhood during the course of the investigation. They expect to learn more with the arrest of such high ranking ABT officers.
"Pleads of guilt are associated with promises to cooperate," said Bales.
Aryan Brotherhood members take a "blood in, blood out" pact not to do anything that will pose a threat to the enterprise. Only time will tell, if these high ranking ABT members and their featherwoods will actually share what they know.
U.S. Attorney Bales expressed his appreciation for the hard work performed by so many officers and agents, "When the initial indictment was returned, we promised that there would be justice for the families of David Mitchamore and Christy Brown. Hundreds, if not thousands of hours of work later, we have delivered on that promise. The agents and prosecutors involved in this case have done an outstanding job, and yet, the work is not finished. We have also promised to pursue and prosecute all levels of the criminal organization known as the ABT and that mission continues. The ABT continues to be a menace to the public safety of Texas and we will respond appropriately."
Bales said, "the best way to attack an organization like this is to go after its leaders." All the defendants will be placed in high security and separated from other prisoners in an attempt to keep the ABT gang from growing. Their safety is also a concern. Members are recruited behind prison walls.
Information could easily come forth on current ABT members in the community. Bales said anyone involved who "wants to get out" can do so. "We have ways to protect individuals wanting to come forward and give them the opportunity to escape without harm," said Bales.