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Attorneys for convicted ex-Bandidos leaders request acquittals, new trials

Prosecutor: Evidence against Pike, Portillo 'overwhelming'

SAN ANTONIO - Attorneys for two former leaders of the Bandidos filed separate requests for acquittals and new trials, with both raising questions surrounding the testimony from an FBI agent they said was based on hearsay.

Jeffrey Fay Pike and John Xavier Portillo were convicted in May on charges of racketeering, drug dealing, extortion and multiple murders. The trial lasted more than three months and included testimony from Bandidos members, as well as FBI Agent Scott Schuster, who testified as an expert on the gang.

Attorneys for both Pike and Portillo questioned Schuster's testimony primarily on the basis that his testimony was "hearsay" and that "he was shown merely to be an investigator and a recounter of stories he had come across during his investigation of the Club."

Thu
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May
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Verdict reached in racketeering trial of top ex-Bandidos leaders

On the three-year anniversary of Texas’ deadliest biker shootout, jurors in San Antonio found the two top former Bandidos leaders guilty of all charges they faced in a racketeering indictment.

After two days of deliberations, the eight men, four women jury returned a unanimous verdict against former Bandidos national president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 62, of Conroe, and ex-vice president John Xavier Portillo, 58, of San Antonio, on all counts each faced in a 13-count indictment.

 

Related: Feds: Bandidos are "the mafia on two wheels"

The crimes include racketeering conspiracy, murder, extortion and drug dealing (or aiding and abetting the crimes). Some involved the killings of rival bikers by other Bandidos members.

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Councilman stepping down after he said White Settlement honored Bandidos motorcycle gang

Councilman Dave Mann abruptly resigned Tuesday night, a week after the city, he said, recognized local Bandidos motorcycle gang members during a proclamation for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

Mann, who was elected two years ago, is also a Tarrant County sheriff’s deputy.

Mann read a written statement before Tuesday’s council meeting, saying that he could no longer serve on a council that did not value and protect its citizens. Members from the local Bandidos motorcycle gang attended the council meeting May 8, he said.

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Feds: Bandidos are “the mafia on two wheels”

A federal jury will begin deliberating Tuesday whether the top two former national leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club headed a racketeering conspiracy and authorized or sanctioned members to commit extortion, robbery, assault, drug dealing and murder.

In closing arguments Monday of the nearly three-month trial in San Antonio, prosecutors painted Jeffrey Fay Pike, who was national president of the Bandidos from 2005 until January 2016, and then-vice president John Xavier Portillo, as crime bosses of a secretive gang of outlaw bikers who claimed Texas as their territory.

 

But lawyers for Pike, 63, of Conroe, and Portillo, 58, of San Antonio, countered that the defendants headed a fraternal, social club of motorcycle enthusiasts, and that the group had some “bad apples” who committed crimes for which neither Pike nor Portillo are responsible.

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Bandidos gang member arrested on assault and drug charges

A MEMBER of the Bandidos bikie gang has been charged after allegedly threatening to stab another man and punching him in the face during a terrifying confrontation at a Gold Coast shopping centre earlier this month.

The 48-year-old Robina man was arrested about 9am on Sunday, after police executed a search warrant on a Coolabah Cres home.

The search followed an investigation into the alleged assault of a 29-year-old man at a Broadbeach shopping centre on May 4.

Police confirmed the arrested man was a member of the notorious Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

He was charged with one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm (whilst pretending to be armed) and wilful damage in relation to the alleged assault.

He was also charged with unlawful possession of a dangerous drug (methylamphetamine) and possession of a drug utensil following today’s search.

He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

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Murder charges filed in 2015 biker shooting in Texas

Three members of the Bandidos motorcycle club were indicted on murder charges Wednesday stemming from a chaotic 2015 shooting that involved police and members of another biker club outside a restaurant in Waco, Texas.

The indictments mark the first murder charges in the case and come just eight days before the statute of limitations runs out. More than 20 other bikers were re-indicted on new charges ranging from rioting to tampering with evidence.

Police arrested nearly 200 bikers following the shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine people dead and 20 injured. Investigators say the incident was sparked by rivalries between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs. Waco police officers monitoring the gathering also fired on the bikers.

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Ex-leader of Bandidos rests his case

The former president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club finished presenting his case Monday at a racketeering trial in San Antonio, calling mostly character witnesses.

Lawyers for Jeffrey Fay Pike called Bandidos members from the Houston area, the wife of one member, and a friend of Pike’s to testify in support of Pike's contention that the club is just a bunch of fun-loving men and not the violence-thriving toughs they have been depicted as in the past.

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Pike, who lives near Conroe, is on trial with his former vice president, John Xavier Portillo of San Antonio, on charges that they led the Bandidos’ alleged racketeering conspiracy by directing, ordering, authorizing or sanctioning murder, drug dealing, beatings and intimidation of other bikers.

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May
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Another defense witness invokes the Fifth in Bandidos trial

A defense witness who reportedly was to contradict a portion of the government’s racketeering case against the former top two leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club instead invoked his right to remain silent Friday.

Michael Anderson, a member of the Bandidos called by lawyers for former national Bandidos president Jeffrey Fay Pike, invoked his Fifth Amendment right after being informed that he could face charges in a bar incident in Fort Worth in which a member of a rival group was shot and killed. He was the second witness called by Pike’s lawyers this week to decide not to testify.

Anderson’s about-face came in the racketeering trial of Pike and his co-defendant, former Bandidos national vice president John Xavier Portillo. After Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra was apprised of the situation, he appointed Anderson a lawyer and stopped public proceedings to look into the matter further.

Fri
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May
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Bandido biker yells at Waco judge in court: "Three years and nothing!"

Judge Ralph Strother decided to set Jeff Batey's trial date at a status hearing on May 25. Battey then became agitated and yelled at Judge Strother.

A hearing on whether to modify the bond conditions for a member of the Bandidos motorcycle club ended Friday with biker, Jeff Batey, yelling at the judge over how long it has taken for his case to go to trial.

Battey's attorney, Seth Sutton, asked 19th District Court Judge Ralph Strother to release all three of Battey's current bond conditions. Under the conditions, Battey cannot travel outside the state of Texas, carry a firearm, or speak with other members of motorcycle clubs.

Sutton said he asked the judge for the request because Battey had no criminal history prior to the Twin Peaks Shootout on May 17, 2015. Sutton said Battey is a Marine veteran who still has a bullet in his arm from the shooting.

Prosecutor Amanda Dillon asked Judge Strother to deny the request.

Thu
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May
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Witness in Bandidos racketeering trial invokes right to remain silent

A man who was reportedly at the scene when a purported member of the Hells Angels was killed in 2006 in Austin invoked his right against self-incrimination today during a racketeering trial in San Antonio for two top former leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

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