Three Lexington men were arraigned in Fayette District Court on Friday on charges that they were a part of a gang initiation beating.
One man pleaded not guilty, and the other two were released.
Trevor Scott Spencer, 25, Gregory Smith, 49, and Gerald Smith, 29, were charged with criminal gang recruitment after they were observed beating someone with at least 11 other people in Whitney Young Park, on St. Martins Avenue on Sept. 5, 2014, according to court documents. The men were doing a "beat in," a ritual consisting of multiple people beating a prospective member for five minutes. The men were doing to the beat in as a way for the prospective member to join the Black P Stones gang.
The Black P Stones (BPS) is a Chicago-based gang that has been recognized as an active gang in Lexington, the documents said.
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During Friday's arraignment, Gregory Smith and Gerald Smith were released for time served.
Spencer, who is also charged with trafficking marijuana, first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking synthetic drugs and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, pleaded not guilty to the charges, the documents said.
The drug charges and gun charge were added after police executed a search warrant at a home and found Spencer and another man in the basement with 10 pounds of marijuana, more than 4 grams of cocaine, more than 100 bags of an unspecified drug and three guns, the documents said.
Spencer was released on $8,250 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 1.