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State rests in Warlocks motorcycle gang member's murder trial

SANFORD -- 

State prosecutors have rested their case against David Maloney, the first of four men charged with shooting and killing three members of the Warlocks motorcycle gang at a VFW hall in Winter Springs in 2012.

Maloney is charged with murder for the deadly shooting at a VFW Post 5405.

Prosecutors say Maloney had been kicked out of the Florida Warlocks and started his own gang -- the Philly Warlocks -- before the two gangs came face-to-face at a charity motorcycle ride on Sept. 30, 2012, when the gunfire erupted.

The state said Maloney brought his group to the hall to start a fight and left after killing three men.

But the defense will try to build a case around the idea that the Florida Warlocks were targeting Maloney, and he was protecting himself.

The trial is expected to last the rest of the week.

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Murder charge dropped against Warlocks MC member in fatal shooting

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

A judge on Monday granted direct acquittal to one count of second-degree murder in the trial of a motorcycle gang member accused in a fatal shootout during a Seminole County charity event.

Known Philadelphia Warlocks Motorcycle Club member David Maloney was initially charged with three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

The judge said Monday that Peter Schlette, one of the people killed in 2012 during a charity event outside a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Winter Springs, was killed before Maloney was outside.

Scheltte and two others killed were part of the rival Orlando Warlocks.

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Connecticut court upholds conviction of man who shot to death motorcycle club leader in 2008

HARTFORD, Connecticut — Connecticut's second-highest court upheld Monday the murder conviction of a former Watertown man serving a 40-year prison sentence for killing a motorcycle club leader in Torrington in 2008.

Kevin Campbell, 58, argued that he shot Roland Lagasse to death in self-defense outside the Forbidden Motorcycle Club's headquarters, and he wouldn't have been arrested if Connecticut had a stand-your-ground law.

But the state Appellate Court rejected all of Campbell's arguments, which included that prosecutorial impropriety deprived him of a fair trial and the trial judge wrongly rejected defense expert testimony.

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State expert: I found DNA on guns that killed Florida Warlocks (images)

SANFORD – One at a time on the witness stand this morning, a state DNA expert pulled out the pistols that killed three members of the Florida Warlocks, a biker gang, during a Sunday morning shootout at the VFW hall in Winter Springs two years ago

Two had the DNA of Victor "Pancho" Amaro, said Kiersten Taylor Kevin, a DNA expert with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

One matched the DNA of Paul Wayne Smith, she said.

Both men are charged with three counts of second-degree murder and are to stand trial in the next few weeks.

But Taylor Kevin's testimony came on Day 6 of the triple murder trial of David "Tin Man" Maloney, a member of the same rival motorcycle gang as Amaro and Smith.

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Mongols want judge in trademark case disqualified (image gallery)

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Mexican Don, of the Mongols South Bay Chapter, poses as motorcycle club members rally Saturday, March 29, 2013 at The House Lounge in Maywood in support of the Mongols who are facing a federal trial seeking to take away their trademark patch. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Mexican Don, of the Mongols South Bay Chapter, poses as motorcycle club members rally Saturday, March 29, 2013 at The House Lounge in Maywood in support of the Mongols who are facing a federal trial seeking to take away their trademark patch. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-Ne

 

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'Warlord' of motorcycle club gets six-year prison sentence for role in armed robbery

To the people in Roodhouse, a small community of 1,800 in Greene County, Timothy Jackson was a family man, a hard worker and community-minded. He was the assistant chief of the town's volunteer fire department, serving under his father, who was the chief. He served a term as an alderman.

"He was the kind of guy who would have your back," Russell Iverson said. He worked with Jackson as a guard at the Illinois Department of Correction's Jacksonville Correctional Center for 15 years.

To members of the Liberty-based Midwest Percenters motorcycle club, Jackson was the club's "Warlord."

According to testimony given at the armed robbery trials of his fellow Midwest Percenters members, Jackson was the man who demanded that two members of the Tunnel Rats club give up their vests during an altercation at the intersection of 12th and Hampshire in Quincy on May 20, 2012.

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Shooting survivor testifies in Warlocks murder trial (video)

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —Testimony resumed on Thursday in the murder trial for Warlocks motorcycle club member David Maloney.

Maloney is charged with three counts of murder for the deaths of David Jakiela, Harold Liddle and Peter Schlette in 2012. He is also charged with two counts of attempted murder.

A man who rode into what the prosecution is calling an ambush testified on Thursday morning about his scramble to stay alive.

Brad Dyess said he and four other Florida Warlocks rode into the Winter Springs VFW and almost immediately there was trouble with a rival group called Philly Warlocks.

According to Dyess, what started as yelling for them to leave, quickly turned violent.

"He threw his hands in the air and yelled something to the affect of 'You shot me,' then I saw Paul point a gun in his face and shoot him," said Dyess.

Dyess said he always carries guns and quickly pulled one.

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Trial continues for man accused in death of 3 rival Warlock gang members

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

Trial continued Thursday for the man accused of shooting and killing three rival motorcycle club members at a charity event at the Winter Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2012.

When David Maloney,a member of the Philadelphia Warlocks MC, took the stand, he said he shot back in self-defense.

Jurors also heard testimony from Brad Dyess, a former member of the Warlocks motorcycle gang.

He said he shot at rival member Maloney and other members of the Philadelphia Warlocks MC, but only after he was shit at first.

Jurors were shown pictures that displayed bullet holes in a truck, feet away from a body that was lying between two bikes.

“That is the S-10 truck that you identified Mr. Maloney, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Ekard at, is that correct?,” the defense asked Dyess.

Dyess replied yes, and when the defense asked him if the bullet holes were from his gun, he also said yes.

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Motorcycle club member gets probation and jail time

Here's an update on a Liberty motorcycle club member that pleaded guilty to mob action charges in connection with a May 2012 robbery.

According to court records, 56-year-old Zane Liggett was sentenced to 24 months probation and 120 days in the Adams County Jail.

Liggett entered a plea with the state last year in exchange for the dismissal of multiple firearms and robbery charges for the incident.

He was one of four members of the Percenters Club accused of pulling a gun on two bikers from a rival motorcycle group in Quincy.

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Camden sets wheels in motion to shutter motorcycle club

Camco cops say gang's hangout has long been magnet for crime

 

A better-built mousetrap.

That’s the result hoped for by Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson after what he called a decades-long “cat-and-mouse game” with the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club.

Camden officials Wednesday closed the gang’s clubhouse on Princess Avenue, citing code violations. They also bulldozed a garage they said the club illegally built on neighboring city property.

The push came after a woman allegedly was sexually assaulted at gunpoint inside the clubhouse early on March 27.

Antoywayn Lindsey, a 34-year-old city resident who served time for a 1997 homicide, faces numerous charges in the alleged attack, including three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Authorities said he was armed with two loaded handguns when he was arrested at the clubhouse last week. And once inside, police spotted more than Lindsey’s guns.

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