UPDATE: Verdict reached for three Hells Angels

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Three members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club are found not guilty of battery and robbery charges.

Christopher Lawson, John Savalick and Richard Todd were in court Monday morning for their bench trial for the beating and stabbing of then-president Josh Johnson.

"The defendants and attorneys are very grateful to Judge McGraw for being such a thoughtful jurist that he paid close attention to all the evidence, that he considered all of the evidence," says Attorney for John Savalik and Richard Todd John Palmer.

All three men were found not guilty of four counts of aggravated battery and four counts of armed robbery.

"Josh Johnson clearly was the aggressor in this situation," says Attorney for Christopher Lawson David J. Brown.

"Legally, if someone is attacking you, you have rights to defend yourself. And that's exactly what happened in 2013 with these guys. They defended themselves against a much, much larger, violent person says Palmer.

Investigators say Johnson was stabbed and beaten at the Hells Angels clubhouse at 1109 Rock Street back in June of 2013.

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