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March 6, 2007

Defendant testifies he was ordered to commit crime

By Debby Schamber

The Orange Leader

After two days of testimony the jury began deliberating Tuesday the fate of admitted Aryan Brotherhood of Texas member Jonathan Wade Jordan.

The trial began Monday in the 260th District Court with Judge Buddy Hahn presiding. The jurors will continue to deliberate Wednesday morning.

Jordan, 28, and his co-defendant, Ronnie Alexander Smith Jr., 26, are accused of assaulting and robbing two people in August 2006 at the Bayou Patio Club in the 2200 block of Simmons Drive.

A 51-year-old woman who was working at the club reported to Orange police officers that Jordan and Smith entered the club and ordered a few drinks.

Jordan testified he went outside as ordered by Smith while Smith stayed inside.

The woman became suspicious of the actions of the two men and telephoned a 60-year-old man who was a friend. While the woman waited for her friend to arrive, Smith went outside, too.

The man reported to police he arrived at the club and was assaulted with a tire tool in the parking lot by Smith and Jordan. However, Jordan testified in court the man “got in his face and cursed him.”

Afterward the men reportedly went back into the Bayou Patio Club and assaulted the woman with the tire tool. They are accused of taking the cash register with an undisclosed amount of cash and fleeing the scene.

During testimony Tuesday, Jordan testified he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and was ordered to commit the aggravated robbery.

If convicted of aggravated robbery Jordan faces a punishment of 5 to 99 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a fine up to $10,000.

Vidor man sentenced to 7 years in prison

James Chad York failed to live up to the terms of his probation and was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison by Judge David Walker.

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