Final Warlocks Trial Begins

September 15, 2014

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Jury selection began today in the trial of Paul Wayne “Dog” Smith at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Florida. About 80 prospective jurors were present when the court session began. Judge Jessica Recksiedler is presiding over the case. Smith is accused of second degree murder in the deaths of three members of another motorcycle club.

He is the fourth and final defendant to stand trial in the case. David “Tin Man” Maloney was acquitted on two counts of second degree murder and one count of attempted murder on April 11. The jury in his trial deadlocked on a second count of attempted murder and a mistrial was declared. Maloney remains free and has not been retried.

Robert William “Willy” Eckert was judged guilty of two counts of manslaughter with possession of a firearm, one count of attempted second-degree murder with possession and discharge of a firearm and one count of attempted voluntary manslaughter. Eckert was sentenced to serve 27 years in prison on May 1.

Victor Manuel “Pancho” Amaro was sentenced to life in prison last May 29 for two counts of second degree murder.

The Shootout

The shootings occurred as five members of one Warlocks Motorcycle Club rode into the parking lot of a VFW post in Winter Springs, Florida to attend a poker run sponsored by another and distinct Warlocks Motorcycle Club on September 30,  2012. The accused men are members of a Warlocks Motorcycle Club that was founded in Philadelphia in 1967. Members of that club wear a patch that portrays a mythical creature called a harpy. The victims were all members of a club founded in 1967 that has its mother chapter in Orlando. Members of the victims’ club wear a patch that portrays a phoenix. Two of the accused, Maloney and Smith, are former members of the Orlando based Warlocks.

Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle, Peter “Hormone” Schlette and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela died. None of them were carrying firearms. They were carrying an $800 donation. Two other men, Brad Dyess and Ronnie “Whiteboy” Mitchell, were carrying firearms and were wounded during the incident.

Self Defense

All of the accused men have said they acted in self defense. 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.”

Prosecutors described the shooting as an “ambush.”

During court testimony in previous trials, witnesses have testified that Smith began the minute-long gunfight when he shot Schlette in the arm. Witnesses testified that Schlette’s last words were, “Motherfucker you just shot me.” Smith then shot Schlette in the eye.

Smith told police that he had been badly beaten on February 5, 2011 after he ran for national president of the Orlando-based Phoenix Warlocks and lost the election to John Boudreau.

In a video-recorded interview Smith said: “Basically, we had already had the Intel that they was coming to shut us down. They have a lot of animosity toward me. I was in that club for ten years. I was the boss of the Florence (South Carolina) club. And, when they rolled up I came inside and told some of those people. I came outside and when they rolled…I had to walk out close to the road…and (when) they drove past me I told them, ‘Y’all leave ‘cause you’re not welcome.’ Hormone, Pete, he turned his motorcycle toward me, to run toward me, and after that…I thought…I felt threatened. When they came toward me his bike cut. When he whipped around to come towards me, he was on tall of me. He came off towards me. I warned him…you know…to stay back.”

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8 Responses to “Final Warlocks Trial Begins”

  1. Bear Says:


  2. Sieg Says:

    And SOMEHOW the prostitutor managed to release the names of all involved in less than three months.

    FTF / FTP

  3. Grumpy Says:


  4. skinny denny Says:

    Fuck Paul the Dog and Tin Man.

  5. CN Says:

    Regardless of whether you are pro or con Paul “The Dog” Wayne Smith, all that aside, what’s truly curious about this particular individual is his seemingly teflon ability to skate on felony charges and I do mean all of them in his past and how he was able to do this. Either he has had incredible legal representation, wasn’t really guilty, cooperated with the government, or is clearly the luckiest man on the planet. So far, nobody’s talking least of all Mr. Smith who now faces his most challenging legal battle. Also of interest is whether or not Mr.’s Amaro and Eckert are holding fast to their loyalty to both Smith and Maloney or have cut deals to shorten their rather lengthy sentences. Maloney in particular has a vested interest in Smith, Eckert and Amaro and their continued silence. Clearly Mr. Smith from all eye witness accounts was the 1st to fire the fatal shots that ended the lives of three unarmed men on the premis that they were riding their motorcycles in his direction and he feared for his life and ability to avoid being run over. He was in fact so much in fear for his life that after shooting one rider, after that rider had stopped and was clearly no longer riding in his direction, he fired another round into the head of that rider. However, anyone who has taken the time to examine the public arrest records of Mr. Smith must contend with his past performance much like one who would examine the Racing Form when at the track and going strictly by that information, thus far at least, betting against Mr. Smith has been a poor choice.

  6. joshphe Says:

    Does anyone understand that as a 1%er you do not get on the stand no matter what. These guys aren’t 1%er!!!!!! They are all on the stand. This is what is wrong with our world now

  7. RLG Says:

    @CN, the government influencing a juror seems very improbable in a case like this. I could believe the DA being influenced to not retry the case, but that situation was created by the mistrial. Very lucky indeed.

  8. BMW Says:

    Let’s hope that this is not the last trial. I’d like to see Maloney tried on the remaining charge.

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