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Sting operation puts Hells Angels in prison

Friday, 25 February 2011

Hell's Angels: Into the AbyssSting operation puts Hells Angels in prison - Winnipeg Free Press: "Shane Edward Kirton and Anthony James McLennan pleaded guilty to participating in a criminal organization after their arrests in an undercover police operation.
Kirton, 42, and McLennan, 36, were given two-and-a-half years behind bars in addition to eight months of time already spent in custody. Queen's Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal also ordered that the pair must serve at least half their remaining sentences before they are eligible for parole, citing their heavy gang involvement.
Kirton and McLennan are long-time bikers who admit overseeing the Zig Zag Crew -- the so-called 'farm team' of the Hells Angels -- and recruiting new members to commit criminal activity."

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'No hard evidence' of Lost Breed link with Rebels

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

'No hard evidence' of Lost Breed link with Rebels Speculation that Nelson motorcycle gang The Lost Breed may be aligned with the Rebels motorcycle gang should be treated with caution, a gang commentator says.

A report in The New Zealand Herald said the recently formed New Zealand branch of the Australian Rebels motorcycle gang possibly had links with The Lost Breed.

A major police raid in the central North Island last week saw 31 arrested and drugs and cash seized from several gangs, including the Rebels.

The Rebels are Australia's largest outlaw motorcycle gang.

Former detective David Haslett, of Christchurch, said he had heard rumours about a link between The Lost Breed and the Rebels but until he saw 'hard, cold, evidence' the gang was affiliated he would treat such commentary as speculation.

'Certainly that's a possibility, but at the end of the day there's a tremendous amount of rumour and conjecture.'

Mr Haslett said there was a certain amount of diplomacy between many clubs and he would need to see evidence of patched members mixing with each other, for example, at each other's events for hard proof the two groups were aligned. Mr Haslett said aligning could mean a number of things, from friendship between club members to deeper connections."

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Nomads Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

Strike Force Raptor officers have this afternoon arrested a high-ranking member of an Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs following investigations into an alleged assault at a tattoo parlour in Lapstone earlier this week.

About midday today, Strike Force Raptor officers conducted a vehicle stop at Penrith where they arrested a 28-year-old man. He was taken to Penrith Police Station where charges are expected.

Police allege the man is a high-ranking member of the Nomads Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

Today’s arrest relates to investigations conducted by police into an alleged assault at a tattoo parlour on The Great Western Highway at Lapstone shortly before 2pm on 21 February, 2011.

Officers forced their way into the premises after hearing yelling coming from inside.

It is alleged police found three OMCG members inside assaulting a 30-year-old staff member and his 27-year-old colleague. One of the men sustained bruising and swelling to his face however neither required immediate medical treatment.

Police arrested three men aged 48, 29 and 26 at the scene. The men’s vehicles, parked outside the premises, were searched by police who located six sets of knuckle dusters and a bullet. Police allege all three men are members of the Nomads Outlaw Motorcycle Gang."

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Biker gang: Portland Kimberlin Club targeted

Biker gang: Portland Kimberlin Club targeted "POLICE are keeping an open mind as to whether the same motorcycle gang are responsible for numerous raids on businesses in Weymouth and Portland.

Two men were seen to flee after a break-in at the Kimberlin Club on Portland in which money was grabbed from a lottery ticket machine.

The following night two men made off on a motorbike after a hairdressing salon in Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth, was targeted.

Police said there were ‘similarities’ between the incidents. A force spokesman added: “We are keeping an open mind and would obviously appeal for any information.”

Thieves smashed their way into the Kimberlin Club in the early hours of Monday using a garden fork which was left at the scene. Raiders broke a window and a bar door to get to the lottery machine."

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Agency gets green light to use wiretaps in Hells Angels case

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Agency gets green light to use wiretaps in Hells Angels case: "The Director of Civil Forfeiture has won the latest round in its long-running court battle with the Nanaimo Hells Angels.

Angels of Death: Inside the Biker Gangs' Crime EmpireThe B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that the government agency can have access to evidence police uncovered -including wiretaps -during a twoyear investigation of the Nanaimo chapter dubbed Project Halo.

The RCMP recommended a series of charges resulting from the probe in a report to Crown Counsel but none were ever laid. The Civil Forfeiture office sought to use the police material in its court challenge to maintain control of the bikers' Nanaimo clubhouse.

The property, assessed in 2011 at $101,000, was seized in November 2007 because the Civil Forfeiture office alleged it was being used as an instrument for unlawful activity.

Since then, the company that owned the property -Angel Acres Recreation and Festival Property Ltd. -has lost a bid to have the case thrown out and another to maintain control of the clubhouse pending a full trial on the issue."

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The Liquid Zoo Appeal to be held for strip club with Hells Angels connections

Thursday, 17 February 2011

AM 1150 - News Talk Sports :: Appeal to be held for strip club with Hells Angels connections :: Local News: "The owner of a Kelowna strip club, which had its liquor license pulled because of Hells Angels connections, has won his right to an appeal.

The Liquid Zoo was shut down indefinitely in November of 2009 after investigation revealed one of the owners was a member of the motorcycle club.

The club tried to prove the Hells Angel member, Damiano Dipopolo, was no longer involved with Liquid Zoo, but the liquor licensing board was not satisfied with their evidence."

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MadChild tour stops in Abbotsford

Little Bad Wolf [Explicit]BCLocalNews.com - MadChild tour stops in Abbotsford: "Shane Bunting, better known as MadChild from the Vancouver hip-hop group Swollen Members, brings his new solo tour to Abbotsford on Feb. 25.

Over the past few years, the rapper has battled a severe prescription drug addiction to OxyContin, and rumours of gang affiliation with the Hells Angels. He was recently banned from the United States due to his past troubles.

Now clean and sober, MadChild has teamed up with his DJ from Swollen Members, Rob the Viking, to make his first solo EP M.A.D.E., which is due out early this year, along with his album DopeSick, inspired by his battles with drug addiction.

The MadChild is Back, More Brash and Vicious tour kicks off on Feb. 22 in Kamloops. He stops by Wigley's Bar and Grill in Abbotsford on Feb. 25 at 9:30 p.m."

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Ross Brand's murder by John Bedson 'ridiculous' says Judge Curtain

Ross Brand's murder by John Bedson 'ridiculous' says Judge Curtain | Herald Sun: "Justice Elizabeth Curtain told John Bedson that he shot dead Ross Brand out of the need to retaliate for a fight at the Geelong Cup in which neither he nor his victim was involved.

The Fat Mexican: The Bloody Rise of the Bandidos Motorcycle ClubMr Brand, 51, described as a Bandidos enforcer, died when Bedson fired a hail of bullets at the rival gang's Geelong headquarters in Breakwater from the rear of a ute.

Prosecutor Chris Ryan SC told the Supreme Court today there was a simmering ongoing hatred between the Bandidos and Rebels.

The shooting followed a minor dust-up at the races in October 2008 between men associated with the two bikie gangs.

Justice Curtain said Bedson was a member of the Rebels and an associated group, Death Before Dishonour, and was bound by the rules of those organisations."

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Arrests made over Mongrel Mob member shooting

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Arrests made over Mob member shooting | Otago Daily Times Online News Keep Up to Date Local, National New Zealand & International News: "Police have arrested two people alleged to have been involved in the shooting of a Mongrel Mob member in the northern Hawke's Bay town of Wairoa on Sunday morning.

The 42-year-old Mongrel Mob member was shot in the shoulder and police, including the armed offenders squad, were earlier looking for a 19-year-old Black Power member alleged to have been involved in the shooting.

The victim, who sustained non life-threatening injuries, was taken to Wairoa Hospital for treatment to his shoulder and pellet wounds to his face, then transferred to Hastings Hospital."

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Jury finds Warlocks member guilty of murder

Monday, 14 February 2011

Jury finds Warlocks member guilty of murder - Orlando Sentinel: "Chad Brickey's family members sat in court all week to hear what they heard late Friday: James Madison Bedsole, guilty of first-degree murder.

After deliberating for several hours, a 12-member Orange County jury found Bedsole responsible for Brickey's September 2009 shooting death in Apopka. Judge Roger McDonald promptly sentenced Bedsole to the mandatory penalty of life in prison.

The convicted man sat stone-faced, as he did for much of the trial.

The case gained attention because Bedsole, 40, was a probate member of the Warlocks motorcycle club at the time of Brickey's death. The prosecution attributed his role in Brickey's shooting to Bedsole's job as a probate member assigned to protect other Warlocks' motorcycles.

On Friday, Bedsole was forced to listen to another constituency — the victim's mother, his grandmother and the mother of Brickey's daughter."

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Biker gang's Kiwi connections

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Biker gang's Kiwi connections | Stuff.co.nz: "THE biggest biker gang in Australia already has close to 20 patched members in New Zealand and experts warn they could cause major problems here.

Former New South Wales detective turned true-crime writer Duncan McNab said the Rebels Motorcycle Club were 'whoppers' on the Australian criminal scene – involved in serious violence, drug and weapons trafficking – and said New Zealand now had a 'genuine problem' in policing them.

His warning comes as police revealed on Friday the gang already has 17 members here – experienced criminals who have racked up more than 200 convictions between them and have collectively served almost 170 years behind bars.

The Rebels are believed to be quickly gaining a foothold here by 'patching over' members of other Kiwi gangs including the Tribesmen – who have a presence across the North Island – Lower Hutt's Nomads and Nelson's Lost Breed as well as recruiting new members.

Ex-pat Kiwis who had risen to senior positions in the gang – the biggest in Australia boasting about 3000 members – are believed to be behind the expansion plans.

Rebels members were among 31 people arrested in a police sting on Thursday aimed at shutting down a P-dealing ring and slowing the gang's growing Kiwi presence."

Hells Angel bikie in jail for 7 years

Friday, 11 February 2011

A Wayward Angel: The Full Story of the Hells AngelsHells Angel bikie in jail for 7 years | The Daily Telegraph: "HELLS Angel Christian Manu Birch couldn't hide his disbelief at his jail term for drugs and firearms offences.

From the dock of Downing Centre District Court, the 41-year-old showed seven fingers to friends seated in the public gallery yesterday and said: 'I'm f ... ed.'

Judge Helen Syme ordered the Hells Angels road master be jailed for a minimum of 7½ years. Birch was arrested while riding his Harley-Davidson and dressed in Hells Angels colours on April 3, 2009.

Down his pants was a loaded, semi-automatic .45 pistol."

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Union leader Dominique Bérube’s April 2003 drug conviction came after officers raided a warehouse in Montreal’s north end

Thursday, 10 February 2011

A plumber hired to lead a Quebec construction union local in 2006 was convicted in 2003 of running a clandestine marijuana grow operation that was shuttered after a Montreal Urban Community Police raid, a QMI Agency investigation has found.

Union leader Dominique Bérube’s April 2003 drug conviction came after officers raided a warehouse in Montreal’s north end in 2002 and discovered 530 marijuana plants inside.

Berubé pleaded guilty to one count of marijuana production — not drug trafficking. That move later allowed him to lead any union local in Quebec, despite the facts of his case.

Despite widespread concerns among Quebecers about convicted criminals infiltrating the construction industry, only convicted drug traffickers — not large scale grow–op producers — are barred from holding union office for five years after their sentences under what is called R-20, the law governing work in Quebec’s construction sector.

Bérubé declined to discuss his drug conviction.

‘’I have nothing to say about that,’’ he told a QMI Agency reporter by telephone.

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former president of the Philadelphia Pagans motorcycle gang will stand trial on attempted murder

Pagan Showdown In Court: "former president of the Philadelphia Pagans motorcycle gang will stand trial on attempted murder and other charges following scathing testimony by a fellow former high-ranking Pagan associate.

Timothy Flood, aka “Casual” took the stand this morning and came face to face with Steven “Gorilla” Mondervergine. Without hesitation, Flood positively identified Mondervergine as the man who shot him, then stabbed him in the back.

Steven Mondevergine, former president of the Pagan motorcycle gang in Philadelphia was arrested back in December of 2010 and charged with shooting and stabbing Flood at the Pagan's headquarters at Torresdale and Disston.

Mondevergine is being held on $1 million bail."

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Bikies were 'dancing' not fighting, Supreme court is told


Bikies were 'dancing' not fighting, Supreme court is told | Perth Now: "Coffin Cheaters Motor Cycle Club members Benjamin David Ortin, 32, of Gidgegannup and David Jon Reid, 45 of Wellard each faced one charge of failing to answer truthfully a question relevant to an investigation by the Corruption and Crime Commission.

The Supreme Court heard today how Reid told investigators a picture of bikies fighting could have been the gangs 'dancing'.

Last week four Finks members were jailed for to two years' jail each for refusing to answer questions by the WA corruption watchdog.

The private examinations were part of an ongoing WA Police investigation, Operation Tri-Star, targeting the activities of the motorcycle club following a fight with the Finks Motor Cycle club at the Kwinana Motorplex last October."

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N. Zealand police raid Australia-affiliated biker gang

N. Zealand police raid Australia-affiliated biker gang | My Sinchew: "New Zealand police raided dozens of properties Thursday in an operation they said 'ripped the welcome mat out' from an Australian biker gang trying to establish itself in the country.

In a series of dawn swoops across the North Island focusing on the Rebels motorcycle gang, more than 100 armed officers seized drugs, firearms, luxury cars, Harley Davidson motorcycles and cash.

Detective Inspector Chris Bensemann said police were determined to halt the Rebels, described as Australia's largest biker gang with more than 2,000 members, from expanding into New Zealand.

'Their presence won't be tolerated, we're not going to accept that they're just going to float over here and patch people (recruit members),' he told reporters.

Bensemann said the raids, which resulted in 30 arrests, had exposed a major methamphetamine distribution network.

He said police had been conducting undercover surveillance on the Rebels, whose gang patch depicts a skull superimposed on a US Civil War-era Confederate flag, for months and would maintain their campaign against the group."

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Hells Angels infiltrator surprised at B.C.'s lenience with gang

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Running with the Devil: The True Story of the ATF's Infiltration of the Hells AngelsHells Angels infiltrator surprised at B.C.'s lenience with gang: "The Hells Angels are an international crime syndicate who try to cover up their vicious criminal history with their 'massive propaganda machine,' says an American police officer who infiltrated the notorious biker gang.

And Jay (Bird) Dobyns said it is surprising that Hells Angels in B.C. have not been declared a criminal organization by the province's courts, despite attempts by prosecutors to get that designation.

'Yes, it is surprising,' Dobyns said of the B.C. Angels court victories."

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Motorcycle gangs expand territory : Norway

The Fat Mexican: The Bloody Rise of the Bandidos Motorcycle ClubMotorcycle gangs expand territory : Views and News from Norway: "The four motorcycle gangs most active in Norway – Hells Angels, Bandidos, Outlaws and Coffin Cheaters – are growing and represent a “serious social problem” in the country through organized crime, claims a new police report.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported this week that the internationally infamous so-called “clubs” have seen their membership double in the last few years, and are now believed to claim around 256 members and associates nationwide. Gang members are alleged to have been involved in violence, the handling of stolen goods, drug trafficking and other serious economic and violent crimes.
Beyond motorcycle enthusiasts, the gangs are believed to be recruiting more and more young criminals into so-called  ”support groups” that are concerned only with the illegal affairs of the clubs. The clubs are believed to impose strict loyalty on their members, who reportedly follow set honour codes within a clearly delineated hierarchy."

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Testimony Starts In Motorcycle Gang Murder Trial

Testimony Starts In Motorcycle Gang Murder Trial - News Story - WFTV Orlando: "A man, who prosecutors say wanted to join a biker gang, is now standing trial for an Orange County murder. Surveillance video shows the last moments of Chad Brickey's life, and investigators believe it was James Bedsole who pulled the trigger."

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FORMER Newboys bikie member wanted on firearms charges since 2008 has been arrested in Perth.

Monday, 7 February 2011

FORMER Newboys bikie member wanted on firearms charges since 2008 has been arrested in Perth.

The man, now an alleged Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang member, was arrested after leaving a Comanchero motorcycle gang clubroom in Perth on Friday evening.

Police allege the man fled Adelaide after conflict escalated between the Newboys and rival bikie gang Hells Angels.

Police say he was seen carrying a semi-automatic pistol in the waistband of his tracksuit pants at the Intercontinental Hotel (formerly Hyatt Hotel) on Saturday, July 12, 2008.

He appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday where SA Police sought his extradition to South Australia. "

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alleged associates of the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG).Officers discovered a loaded .38 revolver behind the front passenger seat of a Holden utility

Officers discovered a loaded .38 revolver behind the front passenger seat of a Holden utility stopped on St Marys Street at Sydney about 12.40am (AEDT) yesterday.

Showdown: How the Outlaws, Hells Angels and Cops Fought for Control of the StreetsThe 43-year-old driver and 38-year-old passenger are alleged associates of the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG).

The passenger was released while the driver has been charged with a number of firearm offences, including possess unauthorised pistol in public.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Central Local Court on February 11.

In a separate incident on February 4, officers searched the home of a 26-year-old man on Canterbury Road at Dulwich Hill, seizing a double barrel shotgun, a .223 rifle, a .22 repeating rifle, a 7.62 rifle and ammunition.




The man, also alleged to be an associate of the Hells Angels OMCG, has had his firearms licence suspended, police said.

A day earlier, police allegedly discovered two flick knives on a 23-year-old man on George Street at Parramatta. He's believed to be a member of the Notorious organised criminal group.

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Judge sends Vagos gang members' case back to grand jury

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Judge sends Vagos gang members' case back to grand jury - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona: "Brian Lee Apfel and Jess Ramirez Flores in connection with the shootout between Hells Angels and Vagos motorcycle gangs in an unincorporated area northwest of Chino Valley on Aug. 21, 2010, because the Yavapai County Attorney's Office indicated it would send the case back to a grand jury soon.

Apfel, 38, of Las Vegas had been charged with discharging a firearm at a residential structure in the same incident.

Flores, 61, of Glendale had been charged with discharging a firearm, possession of narcotic drugs, and possession of dangerous drugs."

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'Most wanted' Hells Angel held over murder

Saturday, 5 February 2011

"Paul Eischeid, 39, a former stockbroker, was on the lam for eight years and was one of the 15 most wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service, the paper said.
It reported that in 2001 Eischeid, a member of the Hells Angels chapter in Mesa, allegedly kidnapped the woman, Cynthia Garcia, and later beat and stabbed her to death.
The Marshals Service said Eischeid was detained in Buenos Aires in an operation involving U.S. law enforcement officers, Argentine police and Interpol, the Republic said."

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Bikie fearing retribution abuses WA judge

Friday, 4 February 2011

Bikie fearing retribution abuses WA judge: "As West Australian Chief Justice Wayne Martin sentenced four Finks bikie members to jail for maintaining their code of silence out of fear of retribution, he was told he had 'no idea about the streets'.

The motorcycle gang members had refused to answer questions or to be sworn in at a secret Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) hearing into organised crime last year.

The Finks members Tristan Allbeury, Stephen Silvestro, Troy Crispin Smith and Clovis Chikonga had been called in relation to a brawl between them and rival gang the Coffin Cheaters.

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The brawl had broken out at the Perth Motorplex on October 3 and left Silvestro and Smith with injuries."

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Leo Eddy Hunt pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in a controlled drug and one count of possessing a firearm without a licence.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Leo Eddy Hunt pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in a controlled drug and one count of possessing a firearm without a licence.

He was caught with methylamphetamines and cash in 2008 when police stopped his car and later searched his Adelaide apartment.

Sentencing Hunt in the South Australian District Court today, Judge Dean Clayton said he had been told it was the man's marriage problems which led to him first using drugs and then dealing to pay for his addiction.

"I was told that you commenced using methylamphetamine following matrimonial difficulties," Judge Clayton told Hunt.

"Those matrimonial difficulties have caused you to receive a great deal of publicity because the third person is a well-known former AFL footballer."

Judge Clayton said Hunt's defence counsel had asked for any jail sentence to be suspended.

The court was told that Hunt had been a street dealer and that he was no longer involved with drugs.

But the judge said street dealers played an important part in the distribution of drugs.

"Without such persons, the drug trade could not exist," he said.

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Hells Angels will reportedly challenge any legal bid to ban the biker gang

Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle ClubThe Hells Angels will reportedly challenge any legal bid to ban the biker gang in Germany, promising to take the matter as far as the European Court of Justice.
Frank Hanebuth, president of the Hells Angels in Hanover, told Focus Magazine there is no legal basis for such a ban.
"We will defend ourselves with all legal tools and if necessary take it to the European Court of Justice," he said.
Hanebuth, who spearheaded the peace pact with the rival Bandido gang last May, told Germany's The Local that the criminalization of the biker gang was unfair and that comparisons to the Mafia were excessive.
"Do we shoot state prosecutors, judges or politicians? Do we blow up buildings? Do we deal weapons or tons of cocaine? No! We would never do that," Hanebuth told the newspaper.


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Vagos and Hells Angels met at a Circle K in Chino Valley

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Cele Hancock on Monday set three hearings for later this month for seven men with ties to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, in connection with a shootout between Hells Angels and Vagos motorcycle gangs in an unincorporated area northwest of Chino Valley on Aug. 21.

Hancock set the next hearing in the case for Feb. 9 when she will consider a motion by Jeffrey McNeice, attorney for Bruce Andrew Schweigert Sr., to send the case off back to the grand jury.

At the following hearing on Feb. 11, Hancock will consider a motion filed by Richard Gaxiola, attorney for Michael Trevor Koepke, for a change of venue for the case.

And at a hearing on Feb. 22, Hancock will consider a motion filed by James O'Haver, attorney for Larry Dean Scott Jr., to drop charges in this case and Gaxiola's motion on behalf of his client, Koepke, to send the case back to the grand jury.

In Gaxiola's Dec. 29 motion to remand, he writes about how an instance where Vagos and Hells Angels met at a Circle K in Chino Valley before the shooting was characterized as the beginning of the conflict between the motorcycle gangs by a detective during grand jury testimony and that the detective told grand jury members that the defendants could have wiped their hands to get rid of gunshot residue.

Attorneys for fellow defendants John Anthony Bernard, Kiley Steven Hill, Kevin Eugene Christensen and Robert Edward Kittredge plan to be present at each hearing, since some of their clients have joined some of those motions as well.

Hancock said it had been her intent to rule on some of the motions during the hearing Monday, but she was unable to get the Circle K video to play on her computer. Prosecutor Dana Owens said the state would be willing to send over a computer the video would play on so Hancock could review it.

Also, Hancock granted a motion and ordered an investigator in the defendants' cases saying they are complex cases.
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