November 14, 2011 8:15 PM
By MADELINE BUCKLEY/The Brownsville Herald
BROWNSVILLE — A former vice president and general with the Mexican Mafia testified Monday, detailing for the jury the process to rise in power in the notorious prison gang.
He said it takes a lot of work, a lot of sweat, a lot of blood and selecting the most loyal people who will demonstrate fear and respect.
“Blood in, blood out,” is the gang’s mantra. Members rise in ranks when they show they can murder, the general said.
Alfonso Flores, at one point one of the highest ranking members of the Texas branch of the gang, was called by the state on the third day of the capital murder trial for Wilfredo Padilla, accused of ordering the killing of Jo Ann Chavez, a 33-year-old Harlingen woman who had become involved in the gang’s drug trade.
Padilla has pleaded not guilty.
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