alleged members or associates of the Aryan Circle (AC) have been
indicted and arrested for their alleged roles in the 2016 murder of an
alleged fellow AC gang member in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana.
The indictments were announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General
John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S.
Attorney Alexander Van Hook of the Western District of Louisiana.
The superseding indictment, returned by a federal grand jury on March
14, and unsealed today, charges seven defendants with being
accessories-after-the fact in violent crimes in aid of racketeering
murder of Clifton Hallmark. The defendants charged in the superseding
indictment are David Wayne Williams, aka Big Dave, 36, of Sulphur,
Louisiana; Christina Marie Williams, 38, of Sulphur, Louisiana; Brian
Elliot Granger, aka Sneak, 36, of Beaumont, Texas; Leland Edward Hamm,
43, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Richard Alan Smith, 47, of Little Rock,
Arkansas; Michael Paul Auxilien, 34, of Mamou, Louisiana; and Stone
Haynes, 49, of Beaumont, Texas. An indictment charging alleged AC gang
member Jeremy Jordan, 38, of Orange, Texas, for the racketeering murder
of Clifton Hallmark was returned by the federal grand jury on Dec. 14,
2017, and unsealed today.
According to the indictment, the AC is a powerful race-based,
multi-state organization that operates inside and outside of state and
federal prisons throughout Texas, Louisiana, and the United States. The
AC was established in the mid-1980s within the Texas prison system
(TDCJ). Recently, the AC’s structure and influence expanded to rural
and suburban areas throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri. The AC
emerged as an independent organization during a period of turmoil within
the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT). The AC was relatively small in
comparison to other prison-based gangs, but grew in stature and
influence within TDCJ in the 1990s, largely through violent conflict
with other gangs, white and non-white alike.
The indictment further alleges that the AC enforces its rules and
promotes discipline among its members, prospects and associates through
murder, attempted murder, assault, robbery and threats against those who
violate the rules or pose a threat to the organization. Members, and
oftentimes, associates, are required to follow the orders of
higher-ranking members without question.
An indictment merely contains allegations, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
This case is being investigated by a multi-agency task force
consisting of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives;
the Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Prisons;
Louisiana State Police; Evangeline Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office;
Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office; Texas Department of Public
Safety; Houston Police Department-Gang Division; Texas Department of
Criminal Justice; the Carrollton, Texas, Police Department; and the
Montgomery County Constable Precinct 1 in Texas.
The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney David Karpel of the
Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S.
Attorney Dominic Rossetti of the Western District of Louisiana.