A federal grand jury indicted Dearius Duheart on Wednesday for illegal possession of a gun.
Duheart and his brother, Denako Duheart, were accused in the beating and burning death of man in 2007, but charges were later dropped after several witnesses were killed.
Dearius Duheart, 22, was charged by the grand jury with one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
He was a passenger in a car April 30 when the driver made an illegal turn and was pulled over by police, according to an affidavit from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
While talking to the driver, police saw Duheart in the passenger’s seat and told him to leave his hands where they could be seen, the affidavit says. Duheart began to put his hands on the floor of the car, at which point officers asked him to exit the car, the affidavit says.
Officers searched Duheart and found a handgun on him, then arrested him, the affidavit says.
Officers later found that the serial number on the gun had been removed, the affidavit says.
Duheart, along with his brother, Denako Duheart, and another woman, Andrea Williams, were arrested in 2007 for allegedly beating and burning Jason Fourmy, 39.
Fourmy’s remains were found in a wooded area in the 1400 block of Gayosa Street on Oct. 31, 2007.
The Duheart brothers and Williams were charged with first-degree murder in Fourmy’s death.
The charges were dropped in September 2009 after three witnesses were shot to death between 2007 and 2009.
No arrests have been made in the witnesses’ deaths.
Denako Duheart was convicted in November 2010 of the attempted second-degree murder of Julius Carter in November 2009.
The Duheart brothers’ mother, Dangelique Duheart Russ, pleaded guilty in May to trying to bribe Carter to not press charges in the incident.
Dearius Duheart pleaded guilty in August 2010 for possession of cocaine and schedule II drugs, both of which are felonies.
As a result, he was prohibited from carrying a firearm.