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Man found competent to stand trial in break-in at Scorpions Motorcycle Club

After three tries to hold a hearing, a man charged with breaking into a motorcycle club the night it was heavily damaged by fire has been found competent to stand trial.

Attorneys stipulated to a forensic examination report finding Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 40, competent at a probable cause hearing July 11 in 52-1 District Court in Novi.

Kelm is charged with breaking and entering with intent; two counts of larceny of firearms; one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm; and felony firearm. A not guilty plea was entered for him at arraignment.

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Outlaw bikers caught on video beating man in bar plead guilty

(video) -- BAY CITY, MI -- Two biker buds who beat a fellow bar patron for, so they thought, taking a photo of their Outlaws Motorcycle Club apparel have pleaded guilty as charged.

Eric J. Kerkau, 47, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, on Monday, June 18, appeared before Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill and pleaded guilty to assault with intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder. The charge is a 10-year felony.

The men each faced that charge and no others. They pleaded two days before their trials were to begin.

The prosecution agreed both men's sentencing guidelines would range from zero to 17 months. The prosecution also agreed not to seek habitual offender sentencing enhancement in either man's case. Court records indicate each man has three misdemeanor convictions.

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Attorneys argue over Devil's Diciples sentencing issues

Federal prosecutors argued Monday that potential life sentences are warranted for former members of a Clinton Township-based motorcycle club primarily convicted of racketeering, drug and other offenses.

 

 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Saima Mohsin and Eric Strauss contend the ex-members of the Devil’s Diciples Motorcycle Club were part of a criminal enterprise that sold well beyond the 500 grams of methamphetamine they were convicted of selling, and that they committed violent acts, including murder and attempted murder, that should put them behind bars for the rest of their lives.

 

 

“The Devil’s Diciple’s encouraged drug use, proliferated it and supplied it,” Mohsin told Judge Robert Cleland in U.S. District Court in Port Huron during an approximately three-hour hearing. “Using methamphetamine was at the very core of this organization.”

 

 

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Daughter: Dad's killing in rivalry shootout 'just sad'

Two men meet at a gas station on Detroit's west side.

One man, Phillip Hudson, gets off his motorcycle. The other, Martez Fenderson, gets out of his minivan. Both pull guns, then pull triggers. Both wind up dead, covered by the same white tarp, as investigators tried to make sense of their shootout.

The fatal confrontation took place early May 24 at the Clark gas station on the 15900 block of Schaefer at Puritan.

The day of the shooting, the 25-year-old Fenderson's family and fellow members of the Soul Devils motorcycle club rushed to the scene, sometimes sharing stories and memories with reporters, but mostly supporting one another and shedding tears for their fallen loved one.

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Gas station shootout kills 2 in Detroit

Detroit — A 25-year-old man and a 39-year old man are both dead after the two exchanged gunfire Thursday morning at a gas station on the city’s west side.

The close-range gun battle took place about 5:30 a.m. Thursday outside of a Clark gas station on the 15900 block of Schaefer, at Puritan, police said.

Authorities said the conflict started when the 39-year-old and his 25-year-old girlfriend pulled up at the station to meet the woman’s ex-boyfriend, 25.

But both men were armed and the meeting quickly turned into a violent confrontation. The 25-year-old man was shot in the head. The 39-year-old man was shot in his chest.  Both died at the scene.

Thursday morning, investigators appeared to give special attention to three vehicles at the scene: a black motorcycle, a gray Ram minivan with Ohio license plates, and a dark-gray Montana minivan with Ohio plates.

Ameka Coleman identified the 25-year-old as her cousin, Martez Fenderson. 

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Convicted Devil's Diciples members argue for lower sentences

The activities of each Devil’s Diciples Motorcycle Club member occurred in a vacuum, not as a concerted, organized effort of the entire club.

 

 

That is the argument presented by attorneys for eight men convicted of various charges for their roles in the former Clinton Township-based national club following two trials in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

 

 

The 36-page brief portrays DDMC as not very organized and contends members should not be held accountable merely because they knew the club’s bylaws.

 

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Scorpions Motorcycle Club break-in suspect misses court date; he was already in prison

A competency hearing for a man charged with breaking in to the Scorpions Motorcycle Club headquarters in Lyon Township on the night the building was heavily damaged by fire has been delayed because the defendant never made it to court.

Instead of being in 52-1 District Court in Novi on Wednesday,  Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 39, was being held at the Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia. He was sent to the state facility for an alleged parole violation after being arraigned on the new charges.

"The defendant was inadvertently transported to the Department of Corrections (rather than the Oakland County Jail)," Judge Travis Reeds said before rescheduling the hearing to April 27. "That's the earliest date for all the parties."

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Video shows bar beating that led to 2 bikers charged with assault

(Video)-- BAY CITY, MI -- A bar's surveillance camera captured the moment anargument between patrons escalated into violence, when two men associated with the Outlaws Motorcycle Club beat and stomped another man.

The video was recorded in the Whyte Goose Inn, 108 State St., around 1 a.m. on Dec. 27. The Bay City Times-MLive obtained the footage from the Bay City Department of Public Safety after prosecutors played it in court during the March 6 preliminary examination of defendants Eric J. Kerkau, 46, and Arthur R. Miller, 33.

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Man testifies 2 bikers beat, kicked him in Bay City bar over supposed photo

BAY CITY, MI -- In a quiet courtroom, a prosecutor played video footage of a man being knocked from his bar stool and punched and stomped by two other men. According to witnesses, the beatdown was perpetrated by two bikers who were vexed over a photo the assaulted man had reportedly taken.

And to hear the victim tell it, he hadn't even taken a photo in the first place.

Such was the testimony during the March 6 preliminary examination of Eric J. Kerkau, 46, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, both charged with a 10-year felony count of assault with intent to cause great bodily harm.

Ashley Schwartz, the first witness called by Bay County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas, testified she had been bartending at the Whyte Goose Inn, 108 State St., the early morning of Dec. 27. About 1 a.m., an argument broke out between Scott M. Peterson, 49, and Kerkau and Miller regarding a photo Peterson had supposedly taken, Schwartz said.

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Kinley Kelm charged with Scorpions Motorcycle Club HQ break in

A man charged with breaking into the Scorpions Motorcycle Club headquarters in Lyon Township is undergoing a competency exam as club members are still waiting to rebuild after a fire that heavily damaged their building.

Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 39, has been arraigned in 52-1 District Court in Novi on charges of breaking and entering with intent; two counts of larceny of firearms; one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm; and felony firearm.

At this time, no one has been charged with setting the fire that heavily damaged the Scorpions' headquarters, located on Milford Road north of 10 Mile, at the same time as the break-in during the early hours of Sept. 22.  The fire was ruled arson after the police investigation.

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