The prosecution rested today in the murder trial of David “Tin Man” Maloney in Sanford, Florida and the defense began with a victory.
Maloney had been charged with three counts of second degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. The three murdered men were Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle, Peter “Hormone” Schlette and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela. The two men Maloney is accused of trying to murder are Brad Dyess and Ronnie “Whiteboy” Mitchell. The dead men were killed on September 30, 2012 and on that date all five of the victims were members of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club.
Today Judge Marlene Alva acquitted Maloney of second degree murder in Schlette’s death because she believed the evidence proved that Maloney was inside a nearby building when Schlette was shot in the arm and the face.
The five Warlocks were attacked as they rode into the parking lot of a Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Hall in Winter Springs, Florida carrying an $800 donation for a charity poker run. Aerial photographs taken immediately after the shooting show that none of the Warlocks made it more than 50 feet into the parking lot. The shooting continued for at least three minutes.
Warlocks Versus Warlocks
The shootout, in which the two surviving Warlocks returned fire, culminated a dispute between unrelated clubs called the Warlocks. The victims were all members of a Warlocks Motorcycle Club founded during the Vietnam War that has its mother chapter in Orlando, Florida. Those Warlocks wear a patch that represents a phoenix or “Warbird.” The assailants were all members of a Warlocks Motorcycle Club founded in Southwest Philadelphia in either 1965 or 1967. Members of that club wear a patch that represents a stylized harpy.
The Philadelphia based Warlocks club split into two factions with the Chester, Pennsylvania chapter registering the club’s collective membership marks as it became estranged from other chapters. The Chester chapter, which describes itself as the “Chester based and trademark registered original Warlocks,” the “True and Original Warlocks” and the “Red and White Warlocks,” began founding new chapters within the last three years. Maloney and the other Harpy Warlocks charged in the September 2012 shootings were members of one of those chapters.
To further complicate understanding of the tragedy, Maloney and other members of his Harpy Warlocks chapter were former members of the Warbird Warlocks. Edward “Nightmare” Glowitz (photo above), who has repeatedly described himself as the “Boss of the Southeastern Region” for the Harpy Warlocks at the time of the shooting, is also a former Warbird Warlock. According to Glowitz, the Harpy Warlock’s Southeastern Region encompasses the Eastern Seaboard from the South Carolina-North Carolina state line to Key West.
Maloney is claiming a curious flavor of self defense. Although there was no immediate threat to Maloney or any of the other Harpy Warlocks, Maloney has and will claim that he knew the Warbird Warlocks were out to get him.
Maloney was voted out of the Warbird Warlocks in bad standing and prosecutors ruled that he acted in self defense in a previous incident when he shot a Warbird Warlock. Maloney certainly was prepared as if had something to fear. According to police, he was carrying three pistols and wearing a bullet proof vest that day and he had “two Mossberg 12-gauge shotguns, a .38-caliber revolver and a.357-magnum revolver along with a bullet-proof vest and an undisclosed amount of ammunition” a few yards away. Maloney, will argue in his defense that he feared as many as 40 Warbird Warlocks would attack him and his club brothers after most other riders had left that parking lot.
Glowitz is also particularly bitter about his former club. He does not to believe the Warbird Warlocks are tough enough to represent themselves as a one percenter club – which may be at odds with Maloney’s claims about the dangerousness of his former club. After the shooting, Glowitz commented on this page that one of the dead men, Peter Schlette, “was a Poser now he’s worm dirt.”
Glowitz was the first defense witness called today. He testified that he warned Maloney that the Warbird Warlocks intended to harm him.
Glowitz’ testimony contradicted that of one of the final prosecution witnesses, Dan Thomas, who told jurors he had heard Maloney say about the Warbird Warlocks, “I’m taking over. I’ll kill every one of them.”