Swap Meet To Return To Stock Show Complex After Motorcycle Club Shooting

(video)---DENVER (CBS4) – Two years after a motorcycle club member was murdered at a swap meet, the event is being allowed to return to the National Western Stock Show complex.

One person was killed and several others wounded in a confrontation between two motorcycle clubs in February 2016.

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Derrick Duran, a member of the Iron Order, was not charged after he claimed he fired in self defense at a member of  the Mongols.


Murder suspects are high-level gang members, cop says

Three men charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting in Grand Junction five months ago were upper-level members in a national outlaw motorcycle club’s local branch, according to a detective who testified about the gang’s structure in court.

Richard Byrd, 49, Rufus Billups, 42, and Gregory Clark, 39 — each of whom is charged in the March 15 slaying of 38-year-old Dion Nixon at his Grand Junction home — are all members of one-percenter motorcycle club the Sin City Deciples, according to Grand Junction Police Detective Julie Stogsdill, who headed the investigation.

Police believe Nixon was shot to death on the front porch of his trailer at James Trailer Park, 489 28 1/4 Road, after a confrontation with several local members of the Sin City Deciples. Witnesses have told police that Nixon’s girlfriend was the ex-wife of the chapter’s past president.


Suspected Hell's Angels charged with attempted murder of a police officer

A suspected Hell's Angels member from Eaton is facing two attempted murder charges after investigators say he shot at a police officer during a car chase. 

The string of events leading to 36-year-old John Lockhart's arrest began just after midnight June 11 when someone on a black motorcycle shot through the back window of a passing SUV. 

About an hour later, a Milliken police officer spotted a motorcycle that matched the description from the earlier shooting and attempted to pull it over in Milliken, but the driver sped away. The officer heard what she thought was the sound of the motorcycle backfiring, but later found a bullet in the front grill of her patrol car. 


Self-defense suggested in fatal shooting

Members of the Sin City Deciples motorcycle club have told police that the 38-year-old shooting victim in a deadly March shoot-out with other club members might have fired his gun first, according to recently unsealed court documents.

Dion Nixon was fatally wounded March 15 inside the door of his home in the James Park Trailer Court while several children and his girlfriend took cover inside, according to police records. Suspected club members Richard Alexander Byrd, 48, Rufus Billups, 41, and Gregory Shariod Clark, 39, have all been arrested on first-degree murder charges in connection with the gun battle that left the ground outside Nixon’s trailer littered with about 24 spent 9mm and .40 caliber shell casings.


3rd suspect accused in biker-gang murder case

A third man has been arrested in connection with the March 15 killing of 38-year-old Dion Nixon of Grand Junction at James Trailer Park.

Gregory Shariod Clark, 39, was arrested shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to Mesa County Jail records.

Grand Junction Police spokeswoman Heidi Davidson said affidavits and warrants relating to Clark’s arrest have been sealed by a judge, but she confirmed that Clark is suspected of involvement in Nixon’s shooting death.

Richard Byrd, 48, of Fruita, and Rufus Billups, 41, of Grand Junction, were arrested March 16 on first-degree murder and felony menacing charges. Police believe both men are affiliated with outlaw motorcycle club the Sin City Deciples, a group that intentionally misspells its own name and is considered to be a “1-percenter” group by local law enforcement.


Police: Victim resisted gang

A 38-year-old man gunned down in his Grand Junction trailer earlier this month had moments earlier been arguing with his alleged attackers and telling them he did not want to join their outlaw motorcycle club, witnesses told police.

One witness told officers that Dion Nixon was frustrated with accused shooters Richard Byrd and Rufus Billups, and that during the confrontation, Nixon drew and fired a handgun himself as his attackers opened fire and fatally wounded him, according to arresting documents recently unsealed by a Mesa County district judge.

Byrd, a 48-year-old Fruita man who prosecutors believe is the local chapter president of outlaw motorcycle club the Sin City Deciples, and Billups, 41, of Grand Junction, face first-degree murder and felony menacing charges in Nixon’s death.


No bond for two suspects in GJ slaying

A Mesa County judge ordered two murder suspects held without bond Friday following their arrest in connection with a Wednesday night shooting that might have ties to an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Richard Alexander Byrd, 48, and Rufus Billups, 41, each face first-degree murder and felony menacing charges in the shooting that left 38-year-old Dion Nixon mortally wounded.

Both men, who were arrested Thursday morning, appeared Friday afternoon before Judge Craig Henderson for advisement and bond setting.

While police records detailing what prompted the attack have been sealed, Mesa County Prosecutor Dave Waite said Friday in court that Byrd and Billups are believed to have killed Nixon after firing “several guns, several times” into a residence in the 400 block of 28¼ Road in the James Park Trailer Court.


Three leaders in the Bandidos motorcycle club headed to prison

Three leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle gang face prison time after pleading guilty to selling methamphetamine and loaded firearms to other states, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday.

Philip Duran, 42, aka “Bandido Fee”; Michael Mensen, 46, aka “Bandido Tick”; and Lorenzo Sojo, 41, pleaded guilty to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act — Pattern of Racketeering and felony drug charges, the attorney general’s office said in a news release.

Sojo, president of the Bandidos Denver Westside Chapter, was sented to 20 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Mensen, a Bandidos national sergeant at arms, was sentenced to 24 years in prison, according to the news release.

Duran, who also served as a national sergeant at arms, cut his ankle bracelet and fled just before his sentencing hearing. He is considered armed and dangerous, the attorney general said.


Widow of biker slain in brawl sues for wrongful death

The widow of a man killed by a corrections officer during a motorcycle brawl in January has sued her husband’s shooter.

Laura Ramirez Mendoza, wife of a motorcycle club member killed in a melee that wounded seven other people at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo, is suing shooter Derrick Duran as well as Duran’s motorcycle club and the organizers of the expo.

Mendoza is represented by Kidneigh & Kaufman in the Denver district court case alleging wrongful death.

The complaint filed Oct. 6 claims shooting suspect Derrick Duran, a member of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club and an employee of the Colorado Department of Corrections, committed a felony killing.


Sedalia residents concerned over Hells Angels moving in

(VIDEO)--Sedalia, Colorado.  Described affectionately by residents as the land that time forgot.  Mom and pop shops, horse and buggy-sized lots with folks who love to live here.

But there is a newly built structure in town that has the neighbors worried.

Not so much because of aesthetics but because of who they believe owns it. "We had heard that it is the Hells Angels and it's going to be their clubhouse," said one resident who wished to remain anonymous.

The motorcycle enthusiasts known as the Hells Angels are not a business or any one individual. They don't purchase property.  But an LLC can, like Rocky Mountain Red and White LLC in Longmont.

It is the organization that bought the property in question. According to business owners who do not want to be known, the connection between Hells Angels and Rocky Mountain Red and White LLC is on Facebook.