CHICAGO -

A Chicago man who was the subject of an eight-hour Madison-area manhunt in 2013 is part of a street gang trial now underway in Chicago.

Paris Poe, who was convicted in 2009 of aggravated battery and robbery, was being sought for questioning in a federal murder investigation when the manhunt was underway in Madison. The search ended without injuries on Highway 30 between Fair Oaks Avenue and Highway 51.

Investigators said during the trial in Chicago, that Poe is a gang hit man who shot a government witness 25 times at close range while his horrified stepchildren screamed in the back of a car.

The lead prosecutor told jurors that the six men on trial, accused leaders of the Hobos gang, "were an all-star team of the worst of the worst."

Prosecutor Patrick Otlewski gave his opening statement Wednesday. Prosecutors said the men murdered, maimed and tortured their way into controlling lucrative drug markets on Chicago's South Side.

The men have pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges.

Otlewski warned jurors that they will be looking "into the eyes of murderers" every day of the trial.