Outlaws members arrested for fatal shooting during Bikefest

LEESBURG — Police on Wednesday arrested two men they believe were involved in a deadly shootout between rival motorcycle clubs during Leesburg Bikefest last month.

Marc Edward Knotts, 48, was arrested at 2140 N. Magnolia Ave. in Ocala, which is the address listed for the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. Jesus Alberto Marrero, 35, was arrested at a separate location.

 

Police also have warrants for Miquel Angel Torres, 37, and Gregory Alan Umphress, 32, for conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping in the April 29 shooting death of David Russell James Donovan, 40, of Homosassa.

Torres is also wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in an unrelated incident.

All of the men reportedly belong to the Outlaws. Police say they took Donovan to the side of a Circle K convenience store, threw him to the ground and beat him, then shot him.

Donovan, a member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club who went by the nickname Gutter, was shot three times and died at a Sanford hospital sometime between late Saturday and early Sunday morning, police say.

Leesburg police spokesman Lt. Joe Iozzi said they have not determined which man shot Donovan.

Several motorcycles remained in the Circle K parking lot after the shooting, and responding officers were told the shooters were driving off. Officers were able to stop two of the three fleeing bikers.

Knotts, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot in the back, arm and leg. He was treated and released from the hospital. His primary residence is listed as Morgantown, West Virginia.

Iozzi said investigators know who shot Knotts, but he has not been charged yet.

Iozzi said there had been prior friction between the two motorcycle clubs, but officers don’t know if a specific event led to the shooting.

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