CHICAGO (AP) — A trial linked to the theft of 27 handguns and six assault rifles from a train at a Norfolk Southern rail yard in Chicago has started in federal court.
Prosecutors began their presentation against Cameron Battiste on Monday by displaying a Smith & Wesson assault rifle and pistol to the jury that they say were once in Battiste’s possession.READ MORE: 3 Killed In Black Powder Explosion At Starved Rock State Park
He is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from the 2016 heist at the rail yard on Chicago’s South Side.READ MORE: Boil Order Lifted For Beverly, Morgan Park, Roseland After Outage At Pumping Station
The 36-year-old isn’t charged directly with the theft of the guns, though prosecutors say there’s evidence he was involved. Prosecutors’ focus is on DNA evidence they say proves he possessed the weapons. The defense is expected to challenge that evidence.
Community leaders have said a spate of gun thefts during the past five years from the same rail yard put adjacent neighborhoods at risk.MORE NEWS: Keshawn Wordlow Charged In Carjackings In Englewood, Scottsdale
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