The alleged leader of the Aryan Circle has been arrested in connection to the murder of another accused neo-Nazi during a house party, according to a federal indictment unsealed last week. David Wayne Williams and seven of his followers are implicated in the 2016 shooting death of Clifton Hallmark. And as the Daily Beast reports, they apparently failed horribly at trying to portray the crime as a robbery gone wrong.
The story goes that one alleged participant in the violent group named Jeremy Jordan got into an argument with Hallmark during a Fourth of July celebration and shot him in the head. The injured man's wife and another woman, who are both alleged Aryan Circle members, transported him to a gas station where they called 911 and reported that he'd been shot by a robber. They just waited a little too late to get their story straight.
"We are going to tell them he got robbed, OK?" a dispatcher heard another woman yell in the background as she made the call, Louisiana's KATC reports.
By the time the cops got there, the women's story didn't add up—the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office didn't find bullet casings or blood at the scene. Hallmark died at the hospital later that day. Now eight members of the group, including Williams, Jordan, Anissa Hallmark, Michael Auxilien, Elizabeth Auxilien, Christa Williams, Heather Tate, and Brian Elliot Granger have been charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.
A press release from the Department of Justice explains that the Aryan Circle is a gang that broke off from the Aryan Brotherhood and operates primarily in Texas and Louisiana. It also operates like a crime family—engaging in smuggling activity in prison and robbery on the streets, according to the ADL. What bonds them together is white supremacy, and members are responsible for a number of hate crimes, as well as the murder of two police officers in 2007.
Interestingly, the AC gang, which the ADL estimates has around 1,400 members, allows women to rise to the top of its ranks. That might explain why the wife of the guy who was shot, Anissa Hallmark, was allegedly involved in trying to cover up the murder after someone from her own gang shot her husband.
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