Murder trial in Albany gang initiation death begins

Two suspected members of the Black Gangsta Disciples are now on trial for a fatal gang beating in Albany.

Ernest Thomas and 35-year old Sherman Northern are charged with murder and street gang terrorism.

Prosecutors say they were part of a group who beat 33-year old Reginald Richardson to death in June 2009.

The former prison guard was kicked and punched by more than a dozen gang members as an initiation into the Black Gangsta Disciples.

11 men and women already pleaded guilty in the case... and several are expected to testify in this week's murder trial.

Jury selection began Monday.

The trial is expected to last three days.

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