BALTIMORE (AP) — It seems that Tavon "Bulldog" White is still in control, but this time it's from the witness stand rather than behind bars.
It's been more than a year since White pleaded guilty to running a criminal enterprise from within the Baltimore City Detention Center, where prosecutors say he used smuggled cellphones to direct crimes on the streets, oversaw the distribution of narcotics, and impregnated four prison guards.
Now, White is poised to take the stand as the government's star witness against the eight remaining defendants who didn't accept plea deals.
The trial began Wednesday against five corrections officers, two inmates and one former kitchen worker. During opening statements, defense attorneys tried to discredit White's impending testimony, while the prosecutor spoke of widespread corruption among guards in the jail.