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Pasco detectives still looking for leads in combat veteran's death

James Earl was found shot to death in January 2019, deputies say.

SPRING HILL, Fla. — Nearly nine months later, Pasco County detectives are hoping to find more information related to the homicide of James Earl.

Earl, 32, was found shot to death in his Spring Hill driveway on Jan. 16. He was a known member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club. Deputies say no one has been identified or arrested for involvement in Earl's death.

He was found dead by his fiancé, Stephanie Harper.

Earl was a decorated combat veteran, father of two and stepfather to Harper's daughter. He served in the U.S. Navy and was studying to become an aviation mechanic, his fiancé says. 

The motive for the shooting or if it was related to Earl being in the club is still unknown.

His fiancé told 10News in January all she knows is she wants to see whoever killed Earl be brought to justice.

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Suspected motorcycle club members sought in man's fatal beating

DAVIE, Fla. - Davie Police Department detectives are still searching for the suspected motorcycle club members responsible for a brutal beating that resulted in a 57-year-old man's death last year.  

Detectives released surveillance video Friday showing several possible witnesses and a group of motorcyclists leaving the parking lot after the beating. Detectives suspect they were Outlaw Motorcycle Club members. 

Michael Kline was beaten July 4, 2018, outside of the Road Dawgs Saloon at 13010 W. State Road 84. According to Lt. Mark Leone, they left Kline bleeding on the ground.

Davie Fire Rescue took Kline to Broward General Hospital. Officers said Kline suffered a fractured skull, a fractured orbital bone and a subdural hematoma. Kline died as a result of his injuries Nov. 14, 2018.  

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Charges dropped against 4 Outlaws members in 2017 killing

David R. “Gutter” Donovan, 40, of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, was shot multiple times in a confrontation with the Outlaws at a Circle K convenience store in Leesburg.

TAVARES — Prosecutors have dropped charges against four Outlaws motorcycle gang members who were scheduled to stand trial Monday in the murder of a rival club member during the 2017 Leesburg Bikefest.

“The credibility of the witnesses to these events is lacking such that the case cannot be proven beyond and to the exclusion of every possible doubt,” Assistant State Attorney Emily Curington said in a memo on Thursday.

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Big Pine Key Man Arrested For Allegedly Posting Motorcycle Gang-Related Threats On Facebook

FLORIDA KEYS (CBSMiami) – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Big Pine Key man they said posted motorcycle gang-related threats on Facebook.

According MCSO, 40-year-old Adam Miller posted a photo of himself wearing a Pagan’s Motorcycle Club baseball cap and holding a knife. Deputies said the caption under Miller’s photo read:

“Support Pagan’s MC or else! Support or life support! Sons of the Fire God coming to a neighborhood near you!”

Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit was made aware of the post on Aug. 21.

Detectives with the unit said they knew Miller was a Pagan’s Motorcycle Club member because of previous encounters with law enforcement. Records show Miller has been arrested several times for cocaine possession.

Det. Alexandria Davis confirmed it was Miller’s photo after obtaining a warrant to search his Facebook.

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Reward increased for information on motorcycle club member's death

James William Earl was found shot to death in his Spring Hill driveway in January.

SPRING HILL, Fla. — An additional reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the unsolved killing of a Pasco County motorcycle club member.

On Jan. 16, James William Earl was found shot to death in his Spring Hill driveway. He was a member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club.

The motive, or if the shooting was related to his membership in the club, is unknown.


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Federal jury finds two guilty in slaying of local Outlaws Motorcycle Club leader

The two are members of another motorcycle group, prosecutors said — the local “Killsborough” branch of the 69ers Motorcycle Club.

TAMPA — It took a federal jury about six hours to find two men guilty of shooting to death a rival motorcycle gang leader.

The 12-member panel on Monday afternoon convicted Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher of murder, conspiracy and a host of other charges in the 2017 execution of local Outlaws Motorcycle Club president Paul Anderson.

Mencher closed his eyes and lowered his head as the verdict was read by U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven just before 2 p.m. Cosimano stood still, glancing at his attorney.

The verdict came four days after jurors first received the case. Scriven let them go home late Thursday for the weekend.

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Two men accused of executing a rival biker gang leader blame each other. Now it's up to a jury.

Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher say it was the other defendant who killed local Outlaws president Paul Anderson in 2017. Federal prosecutors say both were in on it.

TAMPA — The fate of two men accused of assassinating a rival motorcycle gang leader is now in the hands of a federal jury.

U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven sent the 12 jurors home late Thursday. They will reconvene on Monday morning to decide whether Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher are guilty of murder, conspiracy and a host of other charges in the 2017 execution of local Outlaws Motorcycle Club president Paul Anderson.

Cosimano and Mencher are alleged members of the local “Killsborough” branch of the 69ers Motorcycle Club. They face sentences of up to life in prison if convicted.

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Confidential informant testifies about execution of motorcycle gang leader

After the 2017 slaying on a Pasco County highway, the two alleged assassins called a friend — who turned out to be recording their calls for federal agents.

TAMPA — The day after they allegedly assassinated the leader of a rival motorcycle gang, Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher turned to a buddy for help.

They called fellow 69’ers Motorcycle Club member Sean “Phelps” Leonard.

“This is not a good situation, brother,” Mencher told Leonard over the phone on Dec. 22, 2017.

It was worse than even Mencher knew. For unbeknownst to the two men, Leonard was a confidential informant secretly recording their conversations for federal agents.

Cosimano, 31, and Mencher, 52, both made several calls to Leonard less than 12 hours after the execution of Paul Anderson, the 44-year-old president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

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There was a strip club fight at the urinal. And two biker gang members have been arrested

Two motorcycle gang members were arrested early Thursday after they attacked a man in a bathroom inside a Duval Street strip club, according to police.

The victim, who is black, told police one of the bikers called him a racial slur before striking him from behind.

He said one pulled a knife and threatened to kill him and three men total continued to “stomp” him until he crawled into a stall and slammed the door shut.

Mark Anthony Magallan, 44, and Morgan Shane Cooper, 44, were arrested on charges of felony battery. They were also arrested under the state’s hate crime law.

Cooper was described by police as Hispanic, Magallan is white and a third suspect is black, the police report stated.

“The third suspect is still at large,” said police spokeswoman Alyson Crean. That suspect was not named in the arrest affidavit.

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Defendants blame others in trial for assassination of rival motorcycle gang leader

TAMPA — Two men this week will stand trial in the 2017 assassination of a rival motorcycle gang leader who authorities said was shot and killed while sitting in his pickup truck in rush hour traffic in Pasco County.

The two defendants, Christopher “Durty” Cosimano, 31, and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher, 52, are both alleged members of the Hillsborough County chapter of the 69’ers Motorcycle Club.

They sat together at the defense table as their murder trial started Tuesday. But their lawyers told jurors that someone else was to blame for the slaying of Paul Anderson, 44, president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club:

Mencher’s attorney told the jury that Cosimano shot Anderson.

Cosimano’s attorney said someone else — he did not say who — was responsible.

But prosecutors said it was Cosimano who pulled the trigger, and if he missed then Mencher was there to finish the job.