Mark David Byrd, Sr. was ordered killed as “discipline” when drugs he was ordered to deliver on behalf of the gang disappeared.
Frank Lavell Urbish, aka “Thumper,” ordered Shane Gail McNiel, aka “Dirty,” 34, of San Antonio to kill Byrd, according to court documents from an announcement by Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division today.
Byrd’s body was found in Atascosa County on May 4, 2008, said U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas.
“Dirty,” pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake to the charge of accessory after the fact while Destiny Nicole Feathers, 24, of Jourdanton, Texas, pleaded guilty to the same offense on August 14, 2013.
According to a U.S. Department of Justice press release ABT is “a powerful race-based, statewide organization that operates inside and outside state and federal prisons throughout Texas and elsewhere in the United States.”
“According to court documents, Byrd, an ABT prospect, was murdered by Jim Flint McIntyre, aka “Q-Ball”; Michael Dewayne Smith, aka “Bucky”; and another ABT gang member for allegedly stealing drugs he was ordered to deliver to a customer on behalf of the ABT.”
McIntyre, Smith, and Urbish all pleaded guilty in 2011 to the racketeering murder of Byrd.
Court records show that McNiel and Feathers “helped hide a shotgun that they knew had been used to murder Byrd. Following the murder, Urbish and Feathers drove to McNiel’s house with the shotgun wrapped in a sheet and gave it to McNiel, who then hid the shotgun in a metal shed behind his house. According to court documents, Feathers further assisted McIntyre by disposing of Byrd’s bloody clothing.”
“At sentencing, scheduled for January 30, 2014, McNiel and Feathers each face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.”