Killer says suspect participated in gang shooting
Murder trial opens in 2001 NLV slaying
By GLENN PUIT
The murder trial for a man accused of participating in a North Las Vegas gang slaying opened Thursday with the testimony of an acknowledged killer.
Lailoni Morrison, 22, is charged with first-degree murder with use of a deadly weapon in the slaying of Joseph "Doughboy" Williams at the Buena Vista Apartments. The March 2001 killing was one of at least 13 that authorities have attributed to a feud between the Rolling 60s and the Gerson Park Kingsmen gangs.
On the witness stand Thursday, Kingsmen member Anthony "Wacky G" Gantt testified that he, Morrison and at least three other gang members shot Williams as many as 17 times outside of the apartment complex.
"Everybody's shooting," Gantt said of the crime. "Everybody emptied their clips on Doughboy."
Gantt said that the killing stemmed from the feud between the two gangs and that the group was on its way to "shoot up" a house when they stumbled across Williams walking out of an apartment.
"Why were you feuding with them?" Clark County prosecutor Melisa De La Garza asked.
"Because they are the 60s," Gantt said.
Gantt confirmed for the jury that his testimony against Morrison was part of a deal with prosecutors. Gantt said he previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy as part of the agreement.
Gantt is expected to be sentenced to 10 years to life on the murder count.
Morrison has denied any involvement in the crime.
A colleague of Gantt's, Ashley Bennett, 28, was convicted of first-degree murder in February and is awaiting sentencing.