Murder trial expert explains ‘one-percenter’ biker gang culture

Colors, monikers, allies, rivalries, one-percenters, cuts.

Those were among the terms jurors in the murder trial of three alleged biker gangsters heard Wednesday as a Georgia gang expert testified for the prosecution.

The witness was A. Charles Lyda, a gang investigator for the Cobb County District Attorney, called to Columbus to analyze evidence in the case against Daginald Wheeler, Demark Ponder and James Daniel Jr., each allegedly associated with the Outcast Motorcycle Club that invaded a rival group’s Oct. 9, 2015, gathering where one man fatally was shot.

Lyda testified the evidence was consistent with biker gang culture: Testimony showed the Strikers Motorcycle Club hosted a meet-and-greet at the 4th Quarter Sports Bar, 6959 Macon Road, where the Outcasts assaulted the Strikers’ president and stole his club vest, the “colors” signifying his position.


Defense asks for judge to strike rival biker gang member’s testimony in 4th Quarter Sports Bar Murder Trial

COLUMBUS, Ga. — More testimony is revealing clues about what led to a Columbus man’s murder in October 2015. This is the second week of testimony in the 4th Quarter Sports Bar and Grill Murder Trial.

As News 3 has reported, Demark Ponder, Daginald Wheeler, and James Daniel, Jr. are facing murder charges in connection with the death of Dominic Mitchell. News 3 learned that police conducted three search warrants related to Wheeler. Former Columbus Police Detective David Stokes led the murder investigation. He took the stand again, showing surveillance video of Daniel, 36, and Wheeler, 53, at a gas station before the shooting.


Waco Police investigating assault involving 7 biker gang members


The Waco Police Department said they are investigating an aggravated assault from over the weekend involving seven members of a known biker gang affiliated with the Banditos.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting at the Chapter 11 Club around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

When they got there, officers were able to determine one of the biker gang members had held a knife up to a victim’s neck during an assault.

Police say the victim was able to pull a gun from his waistband, and fire off several shots.

He was bleeding, but was able to escape and flee the scene.

The seven biker gang members also fled the scene, and it’s unclear if anyone was hit by the gunfire.

Police are continuing to investigate the assault and are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Waco Police.


Prosecutor: Robbing a biker of his vest sparked brawl, fatal shootout

(Video)--One biker gang’s wresting an adorned vest from the president of another motorcycle club triggered the Columbus bar brawl and 2015 shootout that killed one man and wounded three others, a prosecutor told jurors in the murder trial of three men accused of gang violence.

Assistant District Attorney Ray Daniel said the Strikers club was holding a meet and greet Oct. 9, 2015, at the 4th Quarter Sports Bar, 6969 Macon Road, when around 11:20 p.m. a group affiliated with the Outcast Motorcycle Club arrived, led by defendant Daginald Wheeler.

Their aim was to teach the Strikers to seek the Outcast gang’s approval before hosting such events, Daniel said.

He said surveillance video from the bar showed Wheeler conferring with his black-clad followers before they split up, with some of the armed bikers going to the rear of the bar while others went in the door.


Biker claims self-defense in fatal 2015 gang shootout at Macon Road bar

One of three men charged with murder in what police say was a motorcycle gang shootout at a Macon Road sports bar testified he fired in self-defense after he was threatened.

Demark Ponder was seeking immunity from prosecution for acting in self-defense when he took the witness stand Tuesday in Judge Bobby Peters’ court. He and two others are charged in the Oct. 9, 2015, fatal shooting of Dominic Mitchell at the 4th Quarter Sports Bar, 6969 Macon Road.

Ponder, 48, said he was a pledge or probationary member of the Outcast motorcycle club when he joined seven others in a ride to the bar, where a brawl broke out inside.

He could not see what caused the fight, he said: “It was kind of dark in there, poorly lit.”

It was during this brawl that a man he didn’t know pointed a gun at him and threatened to shoot, calling him a racial slur. “I’m going to kill you, n----r,’ he said the man told him.


Motorcyle clubs tied to Leesburg shooting have violent history, police say

Court records show the two motorcycle clubs police say were involved in a shooting in Leesburg over the weekend have been tied to serious crimes in Florida and around the nation, including murder, drug trafficking and fraud.

Two men — one who police say has ties to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and the other to the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club — were injured in the gunfire Saturday.

The clubs’ websites and Facebook pages brag about their members in prison with nicknames such as “Big Jim,” “Cowboy” and “Crazy Joe.”

They call themselves “one percenters,” meaning they think 99 percent of motorcycle clubs are law-abiding but do not consider themselves subject to the law.

According to the FBI, the Outlaws have 1,700 members and about 180 chapters worldwide, including in Orlando and Osceola County.


Bandidos accused of conspiracy, racketeering set to go on trial in 2018

SAN ANTONIO - Several members of the motorcycle club known as the Bandidos appeared before a federal judge on Monday morning to face conspiracy, racketeering and organized crime charges.

The trial against the defendants was initially set for August of 2017, but a federal judge ruled in January that several defense attorneys would be removed from the case due to allegations of unprofessional involvement.

Six members of the Bandidos appeared on Monday. All are charged with various crimes, including racketeering, conspiracy and organized crime.

A judge set the trial date for sometime next February.


Outlaws, Kingsmen motorcycle clubs involved in Leesburg shootout that left 2 injured, records show

A dispute between members of the Outlaws and Kingsmen motorcycle clubs led to a shootout Saturday that left two men injured in Leesburg, according to records.

The shooting happened as members from both clubs started arguing about 8 p.m. at a Circle K gas station at 3300 W. Main Street. Guns were drawn and two men were shot, both three times each, police said.

About three miles east of the shooting, Leesburg was hosting its largest event — Leesburg Bikefest — in its downtown area. The event was expected to bring more than 200,000 bikers to the Lake County city.

The injured men have been identified as David Donovan, 41, and Marc Knotts, 48. Police say one of the men was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the shooting.


Double shooting after fight between rival motorcycle groups, Leesburg police say

LEESBURG, Fla. - Two men, from rival motorcycle clubs, were shot three times each at a Leesburg gas station Saturday evening, police said.

The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. at the Circle K on Main Street, police said.

David R. Donovan, 41, and Marc E. Knotts, 48, have non-life-threatening injuries, police said Sunday. 

Police said one of the men was wearing a ballistic vest at the time of the shooting, but police did not identify which victim.

Watch: Leesburg annual Bikefest gets underway

Police said the shooting was related to a dispute between two motorcycle clubs, but the names of the clubs have not been released. Police said one club is local and the other is from out of town.


New 'snitch' allegations rock federal biker case

When the U.S. Attorney's Office indicted 91 alleged members and associates of Detroit's Highwaymen Motorcycle Club on allegations of racketeering, drug trafficking, theft and murder for hire, a central thread in the case was gang leader Aref (Steve) Nagi's attempts to root out suspected snitches.

Nagi's preoccupation with informants inside the storied and homegrown motorcycle gang — whose violent history is credited with keeping the Hells Angels out of Detroit — was evident in his rambling, late-night phone conversations, which were secretly recorded by the FBI and introduced as evidence at the 2010 trial in federal court in Detroit.

And when the FBI raided the Highwaymen's Michigan Avenue clubhouse in southwest Detroit in 2007, they discovered a photograph of one of their two confidential informants —with  the word "rat" scrawled in black marker across his face.

The case sent more than 30 Highwaymen to prison —- many, including Nagi, for lengthy sentences.