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December 11, 2018

Trial opens for accused father-and-son gangbangers facing murder, drug and racketeering charges

November 28, 2018
The trial of father and son Winston Cargill and Temmeco Cargill on racketeering starts in Brooklyn Federal Court. (iStockphoto)

Like father, like son — and now, like criminal co-defendants.

A Brooklyn Federal Court jury listened Wednesday as prosecutors detailed the racketeering case against accused murderer Tammeco Cargill and his drug-dealing dad Winston, accused partners in crime during a lethal and lucrative run as members of the borough-based Nineties Gang.




Assistant U.S. Attorney Hiral Mehta told the jury how the younger Cargill carried a gun on the warm summer night of July 30, 2007, when he walked to the corner of 21st St. and Dorchester Road looking for members of the rival 21st St. Crew. He was wounded by a gunman with a rival gang a short time earlier.

Cargill, 35, “shot and killed Robert Dixon in cold blood,” said Mehta in her opening statement. “After brutally murdering Mr. Dixon, Mr. Cargill turned his attention to two women lying in fear on the sidewalk near Dixon’s lifeless body, two potential witnesses. And (he) pointed the gun down at them and shot them as well.”

His motivation for the carnage was simple: “He wanted to show that you don’t mess with the Nineties Crew, don’t mess with him and his father,” said Mehta. “And he shot those two women because he wanted to get away with the murder.”

The first prosecution witness was shooting victim Maxzine Manson Willoughby, 45, whose left side was paralyzed from the neck down after taking a bullet from Cargill.

“It was burning,” she recalled. “But then I couldn’t feel my legs. I couldn’t move my lower body.”

The other wounded woman was her friend, who had just planted a kiss on the cheek of a man known as Indian — a nickname for Robert Dixon.

Willoughby recalled how she picked Cargill’s photo out of a lineup when approached by police nine years after the shooting. On the night of the attack, Willoughby said, she was too “scared for my life and my daughters” to identify her shooter.

Under cross-examination, Willoughby said she was “100% certain” that Cargill pulled the trigger.

“The eyes and the nose always stood out to me,” she said. “… That will never go away.”

The prosecutor said the elder Cargill, known on the street as “Pops,” would transport thousands of pounds of marijuana from California to New York for sale in Brooklyn. His son then helped the old man peddle the weed.

“I’m going to ask you to find these two men guilty and hold them accountable for the crimes they committed,” said Mehta. “We’ll ask you to find them guilty because the evidence proves it beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The prosecutor told jurors they can expect video and audio recordings, photographs, physical evidence and testimony from convicted criminals who flipped to the government’s side.

Defense attorneys John Burke and Kenneth Montgomery argued that both defendants are not guilty.

“You’re going to see all sorts of evidence in this trial,” said Burke, who represents the son. “A lot of it is just for show. Don’t be tricked by the show. Look for the evidence.”




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