An ill juror halted testimony Friday in the trial of an alleged gang leader and another gang member in connection with the kidnapping and torture of a Lompoc man over a drug debt.
The Jury trial will resume today at 1:30 p.m. in Department 8.
The prosecution alleges that Raymond Daniel Macias, 34, is one of the top gang leaders of the Eastside Krazies, a Santa Barbara criminal street gang, and is responsible for the collection of drug sales taxes for Santa Barbara County for the Mexican Mafia.
Macias, who is known by the gang moniker “Boxer,” is charged with kidnapping for extortion, torture, solicitation of extortion and sale of methamphetamine. He is being represented by defense attorney Michael Scott.
On trial with Macias is Luis Alfredo Almanza, 22, known by the gang moniker “Lucky,” who is charged with kidnapping for extortion, torture and use of a deadly weapon, a firearm.
Both men are charged with a gang allegation of committing the crimes for the benefit of a criminal street gang.