JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request from an alleged Mississippi gang leader to have a different attorney appointed in a racketeering case.
Authorities say 37-year-old Jason Marshall Bullock, also known as "Sir J-Mac," was the leader of a Mississippi chapter of the Simon City Royals gang operating in the Hattiesburg area.
Bullock is charged with racketeering conspiracy for alleged offenses including attempted murder, kidnapping, bank robbery, drug distribution and bribery. He was arrested July 9 in Pensacola, Fla.
Bullock asked for a new lawyer in a handwritten letter filed last Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg.
The judge denied the request in a ruling Monday. The ruling came after a hearing on the matter. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett ordered that the transcript from the hearing be sealed until further notice by the court.
Bullock had said his lawyer, Wesley Broadhead, seemed unprepared and tried to get Bullock to incriminate himself.
Broadhead denied the allegations.
The letter said Bullock wants to go to trial and did not want Broadhead to ask for a continuance. Broadhead asked for a continuance July 31, saying he needed more time to review evidence in the case. Court records show Bullock signed the motion to continue.
The trial had been scheduled to begin Monday, but has now been pushed back to Oct. 21.
Broadhead said last week that Bullock's "allegations are wrong and false," but he would have no problem stepping aside if Bullock feels strongly about it and the judge approves.
The Simon City Royals gang was formed in Chicago and spread throughout the city in the 1960s and 1970s before branching out to other parts of the county, including Mississippi, according to the indictment. Bullock, who identified himself as the "Prince of Mississippi," sometimes traveled to Chicago to meet with gang leaders, the indictment said.
Bullock has also faced numerous state court charges over the years, including grand larceny, selling marijuana, aggravated assault and perjury, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
He was most recently sentenced in state court in 2008 to four years as a habitual offender for perjury.
The indictment said that in 2006, Bullock and others conspired to murder a man identified as Joseph Shelton, who was assaulted and shot. The court document said Bullock ordered gang members and associates to kill Shelton, but it did not say who Shelton was, why he was targeted or offer details about the shooting.
The oldest crime listed in the indictment was in 1998, when prosecutors allege that Bullock and other gang members robbed Citizen State Bank in Seminary, Miss. In 1999, Bullock was sentenced to a little more than four years in federal prison after pleading guilty to bank robbery, according to court records from that case.