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Alleged Chicago gang boss denies ordering hit on informant

  • FILE - This undated photo provided by the Violent Crimes Task Force, Chicago Division, shows Paris Poe. Gregory Chester, the purported leader of Chicago's notorious Hobos street gang, testified Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Federal Court in Chicago, that he didn't order a hit on a gang associate-turned-police informant shot dead in 2013. Among five co-defendants looking on as Chester testified was alleged hit man Paris Poe. (Violent Crimes Task Force, Chicago Division via AP, File)

    FILE - This undated photo provided by the Violent Crimes Task Force, Chicago Division, shows Paris Poe. Gregory Chester, the purported leader of Chicago's notorious Hobos street gang, testified Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Federal Court in Chicago, that he didn't order a hit on a gang associate-turned-police informant shot dead in 2013. Among five co-defendants looking on as Chester testified was alleged hit man Paris Poe. (Violent Crimes Task Force, Chicago Division via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This undated photo provided by the Violent Crimes Task Force, Chicago Division, shows Paris Poe. Gregory Chester, the purported leader of Chicago's notorious Hobos street gang, testified Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Federal Court in Chicago, that he didn't order a hit on a gang associate-turned-police informant shot dead in 2013. Among five co-defendants looking on as Chester testified was alleged hit man Paris Poe. (Violent Crimes Task Force, Chicago Division via AP, File)

    FILE - This undated photo provided by the Violent Crimes Task Force, Chicago Division, shows Paris Poe. Gregory Chester, the purported leader of Chicago's notorious Hobos street gang, testified Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Federal Court in Chicago, that he didn't order a hit on a gang associate-turned-police informant shot dead in 2013. Among five co-defendants looking on as Chester testified was alleged hit man Paris Poe. (Violent Crimes Task Force, Chicago Division via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

The purported leader of Chicago's notorious Hobos street gang has testified he didn't order a hit on a gang associate-turned-police informant killed in 2013 in front of his step-kids.

Gregory "Bowlegs" Chester began a second day of testimony Thursday at one of Chicago's biggest racketeering trials in years.

Asked why he wouldn't have sought Keith Daniels' death, the 39-year-old Chester answered that Daniels was "like family" to him.

Among five co-defendants looking on as Chester testified was alleged hit man Paris Poe. Prosecutors say he stepped from behind bushes and shot at Daniels 25 times as the children screamed nearby.

Prosecutors call the six "an all-star team of the worst of the worst" who "terrorized the city." The trial comes as attention has focused on a spike in Chicago violence.