The Warlocks shooting case continued this morning with the trial of Victor Manuel “Pancho” Amaro (shown above). Forensic evidence indicates that Amaro, a member of one of two Warlocks Motorcycle Clubs, fired the shots that killed two members of a separate and distinct Warlocks Motorcycle Club. The dead men were Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela.
Amaro is a member of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club that wears a stylized harpy back patch. That club is commonly referred to as the “Philly Warlocks.” That club has split into two factions. Amaro is a member of the faction led by the Chester Pennsylvania chapter of the Philly Warlocks.
The dead men were members of a larger and better known Warlocks Motorcycle Club. The mother chapter for that club is in Orlando, Florida. It’s members wear a phoenix back patch and it is commonly referred to as the “Florida Warlocks.
Amaro is one of four defendants accused of second degree murder in the shooting deaths of Liddle, Jakiela and Peter “Hormone” Schlette as they rode their motorcycles into the parking lot of a VFW Post in Winter Springs, Florida on September 30, 2012. Two other Florida Warlocks, Brad Dyess and Ronnie “Whiteboy” Mitchell, were wounded when members of a Philly Warlocks chapter began shooting at them. Amaro is accused of the attempted murders of Dyess and Mitchell.
Florida Warlocks have testified in the case that the five victims were simply bringing an $800 donation to a charity poker run that began at the VFW post. Florida Warlocks have also testified that they did not know the event was sponsored by a Philly Warlocks chapter.
Philly Warlocks, on the other hand, have testified that defendants in the case believed that the five victims had come to the poker run to murder them. Jurors believed that defense in the trial of David “Tin Man” Maloney which ended last week.
Maloney, the President of the local Philly Warlocks chapter, was acquitted of two counts of murder and one count of second degree murder last Friday by a six person jury. The jury could not agree about whether he tried to murder Mitchell. Maloney was released from jail last Friday after posting a $50,000 bond.
Prosecutors have been cute about whether they intend to retry Maloney on the remaining attempted murder charge. For example, this morning prosecutors asked Judge Marlene Alva to place Maloney under house arrest and order the confiscation of his firearms. At virtually the same time the same prosecutors said they hadn’t yet decided whether to retry Maloney for the attempted murder of Mitchell or not.
This morning Maloney’s lawyer, said his client has received death threats since his acquittal and that his client “needs to be very cautious and needs to keep one eye over his shoulder.” Lafay also argued that Maloney “has the same rights as anyone else as regards to weapons.”
The judge refused to restrict Maloney’s freedom or order the confiscation of his guns.