A Jury in Sanford, Florida found David “Tin Man’ Maloney not guilty of the murders of Warlock Motorcycle Club patch holders Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela last night.
He was also acquitted of the attempted murder of Warlock Brad Dyess. The jury deadlocked on the charge that Maloney attempted to murder Warlock Ronnie “Whiteboy” Mitchell. Maloney will be retried on that charge beginning on May 14. Because of the remaining charge, Maloney was still in jail today. His lawyer, Michael LaFay, is seeking Maloney’s release on bail.
Four men were charged with second degree murder and attempted murder after three Warlocks were shot to death and two more were wounded as they rode into the parking lot of a VFW Post in Winter Springs, Florida on September 30, 2012 to attend a charity poker run. The men who died were Liddle, Jakiela and Peter “Hormone” Schlette. The wounded men were Mitchell and Dyess.
The four accused men are Maloney, Victor Manuel “Pancho” Amaro, Robert William “Willy” Eckert and Paul Wayne Smith.
Amaro will stand trial before Judge Jessica Recksiedler beginning next Monday. Forensic evidence indicates he fired the bullets that killed Liddle and Jakiela.
Eckert will be tried by Recksiedler a week after Amaro.
Reckseidler will try Smith beginning May 5. Forensic evidence indicates that Smith fired the shots that killed Schlette.
The Back Story
The poker run during which the shootings occurred was sponsored by a Warlocks Motorcycle Club that has traditionally asserted its presence within a 50 mile radius of Philadelphia. Members of that club wear a stylized harpy back patch and members of that club are frequently described as “the Philly Warlocks.” The accused men all wear a Harpy patch on their backs.
The victims were all members of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club that has traditionally asserted its presence in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Members of that club wear a stylized phoenix back patch and are commonly described as “the Florida Warlocks.”
In this millennium, the Philly Warlocks fractured into two parallel clubs claiming the right to wear the same insignia.
For a period of about 20 years, beginning during the Vietnam War, the Harpy Warlocks were widely and respectfully regarded as one of the least compromising and most assertive of all the motorcycle clubs in the United States. The Chester, Pennsylvania chapter of that club was among the most aggressive and several of its most respectfully regarded members ended up in prison. After those men paid their debts to society and returned home they found that the world had changed and that the Philly Warlocks had become a significantly less assertive club than it once was.
Briefly stated. those old timers had incorporated the Warlocks, were shareholders in that corporation, were the registered owners of the Harpy Warlocks insignia and they decided to ignore the changes the years had brought and recreate their old club. They largely ignored the contemporary hierarchy of the Warlocks MC and began sanctioning new charters and issuing patches to new members.
When some of those Warlocks moved to Florida they started a new chapter there and their ranks were bolstered by former members of other Florida clubs including members of the Florida Warlocks. Many of those former Florida Warlocks were bitter about their old club.
Maloney was one of those former Florida Warlocks.