Andre L. “Li’l Bear” Jenkins of Deland, Florida, a member of the Daytona Beach chapter of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, pled not guilty Tuesday to one count of First Degree Murder and two counts of Second Degree Murder.
Jenkins is accused of shooting and killing Kingsmen Motorcycle Club members Paul Maue and Daniel “DJ” Szymanski in the early morning hours of September 6 outside the Kingsmen’s North Tonawanda, New York chapter clubhouse. According to police, Jenkins then “fled with another Kingsman who is believed to be a New York state resident.” Until his arrest, Jenkins worked at a car wash called DeLand Auto Spa.
With the aid of an informant, police found the semiautomatic pistol used in the murders in a remote location near Route 219 south of Buffalo about two weeks after the murders. Jenkins was arrested near Savannah, Georgia on what police called “an unrelated charge” on November 8. The case is being investigated by the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service, the New York State Police, the Safe Street Task Force Buffalo, Buffalo Police Department and the Niagara Falls Police Department.
Federal Grand Jury
Wednesday, United States Attorney for the Western District of New York William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that a federal grand jury had also charged Jenkins with being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi, Jenkins was convicted of felonies in South Dakota in 1998 and 2010.
South Dakota prison records state that a 5’8”, 237 pound, black male named Andre L. “Li’l Bear” Jenkins was convicted of First Degree Burglary in 1998 and sentenced to 18 years in prison. He was released on parole in August 2010 and is currently listed as an absconder from parole.
The federal indictment alleges Jenkins possessed a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition between September 4 and September 6, 2014.
Hochul told Dan Herbeck of the Buffalo News, “This charge is an important step in our investigation, but by no means is it the end of our investigation.” The News reported, “federal agents are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the September 6 murders of two bikers outside the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club clubhouse in North Tonawanda.”
Szymanski and Maue were shot in the back of the head after attending a party at the North Tonawanda clubhouse. According to a witness, the shooting followed “extremely loud arguing” and “a bunch of people” fled the scene. Maue was a former president of the Buffalo chapter of the Kingsmen.
After the murders, North Tonawanda Police Chief William R. Hall publically complained, “There was a group of people there that night. It happened right outside their clubhouse. Obviously, someone saw what happened, but people are telling us they didn’t see a thing.”