Another Warlocks Mistrial

April 17, 2014

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The trial of Chester Warlock Victor Manuel “Pancho” Amaro ended in a mistrial today.

Amaro is one of four members of  the throwback faction of the Philadelphia based Warlocks Motorcycle Club accused of murdering three members of the totally distinct and different Orlando based Warlocks Motorcycle Club. The three other defendants are David “Tin Man” Maloney, Robert William “Willy” Eckert and Paul Wayne Smith.

Maloney was acquitted on two counts of second degree murder and one count of attempted murder six days ago. The jury deadlocked on a second count of attempted murder against Florida Warlock Ronnie “Whiteboy” Mitchell and a mistrial was declared. Prosecutors, who seem to be the sort of prosecutors of whom defendants dream, keep acting as if they intend to retry Maloney on the mistrial count but also keep saying they don’t know whether they will or not. Maloney is now free on a $50,000 bond.

Amaro

Prosecutors have also insisted that Amaro fired the shots that killed Florida Warlocks Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela. Amaro, like Maloney, has argued that he shot in self defense and that one of the five Florida Warlocks who rode into a VFW Post parking lot in Winter Springs, Florida on September 30, 2012 shot at him first.

Amaro faces three counts of second degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. His trial began Monday. A jury had been selected, opening statements had been made and the prosecution had almost completed its case when the prosecutors tripped over their own feet Thursday afternoon.

The State’s lawyers played Amaro’s tape recorded statement to police after he was arrested. The recording included the defendant’s admission that he was a convicted felon. In certain jurisdictions under certain circumstances jurors may hear that a defendant is a convicted felon. It is not permissible for jurors in a state trial in Florida to hear that. So Amaro’s lawyers objected and state Judge Jessica Recksiedler granted the defendant a mistrial.

Ongoing

It is not immediately apparent when Amaro will be in court again. In coming weeks, Judge Recksiedler is scheduled to preside over the trials of Eckert and Smith. Lisa Haba, the Assistant State Attorney who just botched this case, is nine months pregnant and has a due date of April 21.

The defendants in this case have all claimed to have acted in self defense. At his trial, Maloney argued that he lived in constant fear of the Florida Warlocks.

At his trial, Maloney testified: “I figured they were there to kill me…all of us…. They’ve told us numerous times they wanted us dead. They told me I had to leave the state of Florida. Shutting us down meant they were going to kill us…. My office was about a mile from my house. So, whenever I would leave my house, I would never leave in the same direction. I would never come home the same way. I never went to work the same time. I varied my routes all the time.”

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12 Responses to “Another Warlocks Mistrial”

  1. Glenn S. Says:

    It occurs to me that the majority of government and the vocal minority of the citizenry doesn’t want to “stop violence”, they want lots and lots of violence that results in popular demand (or, in the language of the press “grass roots movements”) aimed at furthering the illusion that more laws, more pigs, and fewer rights are needed. They seem to love high profile acquittals that create the illusion that the court system is too concerned with the rights of the accused, and too lenient. The reverse is true, but is as under-reported as black-on-white violence during the All Trayvon, All The Time three ring circus of last year.

    I also wonder just how different this case would be if the accused were charged with middlemaning user quantity of marijuana at the request of a professional criminal functioning as an agent provocateur for the government, rather than second degree murder.

  2. j0ker Says:

    What can you expect from a split club.they will shed the blood of riders till the blood pours to there front doors.then there might be a truce.if anything count the prayers for all the supporter clubs on each side of the same club .

    God speed on your future adventures,against brothers or the ZOG

  3. sherides Says:

    If I have learned anything over the past few years of lurking and posting here, its most definitely that things are not always as they seem to appear to be.

    Something is very wrong here. Just not sure what exactly that is.

    The fact that this happened in a very public place and before the men were off of their bikes, just disturbs me.

    sherides

  4. the great one Says:

    perhaps.. there is more here than meets the eye,, or gets reported…
    what happened to the police presence? at the scene?

  5. BMW Says:

    I’ve have only ONCE witnessed a trial, or group of trials that was this sloppy. What in the world is going on in Florida? It almost looks like the prosecutors WANT to lose these trials.

    The “mistake” by the prosecutor seems to be on par with the “mistake” of the cops pulling out of the parking lot when the Warbirds pulled in. The prosecutor’s “mistake” is the sort of “mistake” that second year law students learn NOT to make in the class on Criminal Procedure. I am sure the prosecutor knew better, but still she “made a mistake”. The only question I have is WHY she “made a mistake”. Where was her supervisor and her assistants?

    The purpose for this sort of criminal procedure rule
    – prohibiting the introduction of evidence of prior bad acts —
    is supposed to give defendants a fair trial, based on the facts of the current case, rather than past actions. Had the judge NOT declared a mistrial, any conviction could have been set aside on appeal. So I think the judge ruled correctly, but the prosecutor?

    Normally several prosecutors or assistants will review the evidence before it is presented in a murder trial. They would be looking for just this sort of problem. So this is NOT just one person’s “mistake”. There would also be a second prosecutor sitting “second chair” if the prosecutor is nearing term in her pregnancy. If she had gone into early labor (it has been known to happen), who would have been taking over the trial? Or perhaps THAT could have led to a delay or mistrial…

    I haven’t seen such a screwed up trial since the OJ trial; another trial where prosecutors kept “making mistakes” so that OJ would eventually walk free. Next we probably will hear, “If the glove doesn’t fit, don’t convict”. In the first trial, we had police testifying for the defense when they told the court that they had told Maloney that “the Warbirds were out to get him”, but that particular mis-information had no attribution, and was hearsay. The act of telling Maloney was admissible, but the idea that “the Warbirds were out to get him” was obviously hearsay. I don’t remember the prosecutor asking for the source of that information, either. Funny lapse…if the prosecutors want to win the case…

    This POLICE testimony laid the foundation for Maloney’s “self defense” argument in the courtroom. Of course, the police already knew that Maloney had successfully used the same argument for shooting at a Warbird a year before the VFW murders…Funny lapse by the LEO.

    I can’t imagine the effect these mistrials have on the families of the victims. The families have been waiting since 2012 for justice. Justice continues to elude those families and the State of Florida.

  6. dell Says:

    WOW I must admit I did not see this one coming. Maybe there is some truth to them being backed by leo. Either that or judge and or prosecutors have it in for the florida warlocks.
    Im not much for legalities, but why was a mistrial declared when a simple objection and sustained would have sufficed?
    This whole story and case is like something out of the twilight zone.

  7. Road Whore Says:

    Growing up in Texas this was frequently overheard as an almost-too-true joke, that one of our most reliable defences in a court of law was: “Yer Honor, he NEEDED killin’!” Not quite as liberal there now as when I was growing up; looks like Florida’s taking up the slack.

    Ride Free

  8. Tooj Says:

    Shit ain’t usually fair, but…you okay Jim? Don’t quite seem yourself.

  9. Jim666 Says:

    YA KNOW AFERT A DUY AND O COUPLE CHARGERS W/ HAVING MY KIDS IN MY WORK VAN AFERT HAVINF 4 BEERS i SWEWR i HAD NO MORE THAT THREE BUT THE PIG REALLY WANTED ME TO TRY AND BUILD HIS NAME UO A LITTLE i WAS REALICED ON CONDITIOND OF NO WEAPONS NO CONTACT OF CLUB MEMBERS 2 YRS PROBATION. CANT WEAR CUT OF ANY CLUB SHIRTS ECT TO DO W/ MY CLUB AS I WOULD COMPRMISE MY PROBATION NOT TO MENTION ANY WEAPOND LOSS OF LIC. i HAD TO FILE FOR RETIREMENT TILL THIS SHIT BLOWER OVER AND THIS MOLONIC CAT CAN STILL RIDE CARRIE AND KILL IF HE FEELS THREATENED, dAMN WHAT A DIFFERNCE BETWEEN FLA AND vA. THEY WILL HANG ME IF COUGHT DOING WHAT HE CAN DO LEGALY,, WHT IS THE JUSTICE HRE,, i GUESS IF THE WANT YA BAD ENOUGH YOUR FUCKED i KNOW i AM,, SHOULD HAVE KILLED SOME PEOPLE IN FLA RATHER THAN DRIVING MY KIDS TO MICKY D`S,, WHAT A JOKE,, FTF FTG FT COURTD FU SYSTEM SCUM OF THE EARTH………… ACAB FTF FTG FUCK EM ALL

  10. skinny denny Says:

    If you’re going to shoot somebody Florida looks like the place to do it.

  11. Gar Says:

    The judge deemed Amaro too handsome to stand trial

  12. CN Says:

    It amazes me that the O.J. verdict didn’t come down in Floriduh.

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