|For Immediate Release
May 11, 2007
TWO WHITE SUPREMACIST GANG MEMBERS TO BE
TRIED FOR CONSPIRING AND EXECUTING FELLOW
GANG MEMBER FOR APPEARING ON TV
*Also charged with attempting to murder a peace officer
SANTA ANA – Two white supremacist gang members will face trial for murdering a fellow gang member for divulging gang secrets on television by shooting him in an Anaheim alley. Michael Allen Lamb, 32, and Jacob Anthony Rump, 30, are charged with murder, conspiracy to commit a crime, committing murder for the benefit of a criminal street gang, two counts of possession of a firearm by a violent felon, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a firearm as an active gang member, two counts of street terrorism, and the attempted murder of a peace officer. They also face enhancements for criminal street gang activity, the personal discharge of a firearm causing death, and vicarious discharge of a firearm causing death as a gang member. If convicted, Rump faces life without the possibility of parole. The District Attorney is seeking the death penalty on Lamb. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday, May 14, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, in Santa Ana.
In February of 2001, Fox 11 News broadcast a piece about a violent white supremacist criminal street gang, in particular focusing on a pending case against known leaders of the gang who were on trial for conspiracy to commit murder. Scott Miller, a founding member of the gang, was featured in that piece, which offended fellow gang members because he was airing what they considered “dirty laundry.” While Miller’s voice and face were disguised, his tattoos were visible and made it possible for fellow gang members to identify him.
On March 8, 2002, Miller was at a party in Costa Mesa. He left the party, expecting to return later, and was driven to an apartment complex in Anaheim. Lamb and Rump are accused of waiting for Miller in an alley near the apartment, and executing him by shooting him in the back of the head at close range with a 9mm firearm.
On March 11, 2002, Lamb and Rump are accused of becoming involved in a police car chase in Anaheim. They are accused of trying to flee from police, jumping from the moving vehicle, and running off into an apartment complex. They are accused of firing a shot at police officers as the officers attempted to close in on them. Lamb and Rump surrendered after the gun they were firing jammed. They are accused of using the same 9mm gun to shoot at the officers that was used to murder Miller three days earlier.