New Charge In Iron Coffins Homicide

May 5, 2015

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New Charge In Iron Coffins Homicide

A third member of the Battle Creek, Michigan chapter of the Iron Coffins Motorcycle Club was charged yesterday in the death of former club president Lee J. “Leeroy” Taylor (above) on New Year’s 2012.

There were four men in the Iron Coffins clubhouse at the fatal moment.

Taylor wound up in a pool of blood on the floor. Taylor’s widow Lynette, who had gone to the clubhouse with him to celebrate the New Year, said her husband and club member Matthew Starkweather got into a fight over money and Starkweather knocked Taylor down. Then two club members named John Lindahl III and Mario Barroso ordered Lynette Taylor and everyone else who was not a club member to get out. When police arrived Starkweather had a stab wound in his neck and Taylor was dead of multiple blows to the head. Police charged Starkweather with murder on the spot.


Lindahl was arrested and charged with murder six weeks later. According to police the two men beat Taylor to death with a club and a shotgun. They both claimed Taylor attacked them with a knife and they acted in self defense.

Barroso was charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact. He agreed to a plea deal in return for his testimony against Starkweather and Lindahl. The accessory after the fact charge was dismissed then Barroso infuriated the prosecutor, a man named Jeff Kabot, by fudging his testimony. Barroso mostly testified that he couldn’t remember what he saw. He couldn’t remember if the fight had lasted 30 seconds or 30 minutes.

As a result, Kabot agreed to dismiss the charges against Starkweather and Lindahl in July 2012. “I am concerned Mario would continue to change his story,” Kabot told the Battle Creek Enquirer. “I don’t want to go into court crossing my fingers and hoping he will tell the truth.”

More Charges

Yesterday a new prosecutor named David Gilbert decided it was Barroso’s turn to be charged with murder. He told the Enquirer, “We had a plea bargain with him that he doesn’t wish to comply with. In reviewing the evidence it appears that open murder is more appropriate.”

Gilbert’s theory of what happened was that while Taylor was still alive, Barroso handed Starkweather and Lindahl a shotgun they used to beat the dead man. “As an accessory after the fact he gave assistance after the crime, but as an aider and abetter he gave assistance during the offense by giving them the shotgun and other things,” Gilbert explained

The new prosecutor promised this won’t be the end of it. “It’s a cold case and we have been reviewing it and going through the evidence and we do anticipate more charges,” he said.


33 Responses to “New Charge In Iron Coffins Homicide”

  1. precious Says:

    Take the life of a flash holder without club sanctioning? Mutual combat.. something stinks here..on top of the legal jihadi actions to charge the world with a murder…. Church

  2. Kickstand Says:

    Leeroy RIP & Thanks for the visits in Jacktown Joint. But WTF? Last place you should of tried to stick out your chest. Especially after how swell you were treated back in the day.There aint no Bros after you drop out. You knew better.That Ain’t no murder in my opinion. But thats one haunted ass CH. What a wast…

  3. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    “When I die, I want to go like my Grandfather, who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.” Phuquehed, EXACTLY! Priceless huge Saturday AM chuckle and grin over here man…. Fantastic.

    Don’t mean to jack this thread Respectfully, may both men rest in peace or burn up the roads in heaven loud and proud.

    Viva Los Vagos

  4. Base Says:

    These prosocuters must be trully small minded people and have a bone to pick with everyone.


    Appologies for being late in the game, please accept my condolences on the loss of your friend.


  5. Phuquehed Says:

    @VikingTrotter – You’re right…it was appreciated and I too, like AVAGOVFFV and the others, hope to go that way, on my bike. So long as even if it’s a wreck, and no one else other than myself is hurt.

    Now, to sorta lighten things up a little, here’s something I caught on a progam developers signature once. Made me fucking laugh all day long every time I thunk of it…

    When I die, I want to go like my Grandfather, who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.

  6. VikingTrotter Says:

    Shovelhead….No offense taken. In fact I posted here thinking that this crowd would appreciate dying with your motoboots on so to speak and going out doing what you love.

  7. Shovelhead Says:

    Please don’t take this the wrong way…Sorry for your loss of a friend, but that put a smile on my face. What a way to go!


  8. MrWizzard Says:

    Thanks for covering this Rebel. Please keep us all informed!

  9. Road Whore Says:

    @ VikingTrotter: Condolences on your loss. But man…that’s the way to go if ya gotta. Hope your grief heals soon.

    Ride Free

  10. Rebel Says:

    Dear Tom Starkweather,

    Personally, I think the Enquirer epitomizes what has gone wrong with American journalism but I think they probably accurately reflect the prosecutor’s position. The case is a witch hunt. That’s why I covered it.

    All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win is for enough good men to say nothing.


  11. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    We all should be so fortunate to go out this way.

    RIP Harry ride the winds oldtimer. My sincerest condolences to his family and many friends.

    Viva Los Vagos

  12. mongols member Says:

    Check your email

  13. Tom Starkweather Says:

    Your article is great. But remember some of the events quoted come from the enquirer so facts welllll maybe not.

  14. Starkweather Says:

    Thanks for the article rebel… Love reading your blog..

  15. Sieg Says:

    Yup, damn shame a man is getting shot through the grease on a homicide beef here…


  16. Asskiller Says:

    @Viking – condolences. It does sound like the man went out in the midst of what made him the happiest in life.

  17. Paladin Says:

    Viking Trotter,

    I wonder if Hauss new a stunt plot by the name of Davey Jones? Davy Jones was the aerial stunt coordinator on Air Wolfe, Davy also worked on Magnum PI. I might be wrong, but I think either Jones or Hausss did the stunt work on Blue Thunder.


  18. Austin Says:

    Hey that crazy frank dude – in this one case- being a smart*ss is not better than being a dumb*ss

    Interstate 5, I (eye) not 1 (one).

    C’mon – why even say anything like that. Did you get the part where an 87 year old MAN was out clocking miles on his scoot?!
    What a Great way to go – a bit shocking for the other motorists – but he didn’t hurt anyone else. Independant to the end.

  19. VikingTrotter Says:

    Drifter……..Yes…….He was a man’s man….Also a stunt motorcycle rider for the movies. But he loved just riding those lonely roads.

  20. Drifter Says:

    Godspeed to Mr. Hauss…

    @Viking, is this the same Harry Hauss that was one of the first Hollywood helicopter pilots?


  21. Paladin Says:

    Viking Trotter,

    Sorry to hear about your friend and your loss.

    Long may you and he both ride,


  22. roachclip Says:

    Condolences to the friends and family of Harry Hauss. Brings back fond memories of Paul “Sandy” Hampton. I have a feeling Heaven will never be the same.

    Respects, roach.

  23. JAFO Says:

    Sorry to hear about Harry. My condolences to his family and the thousands of friends at the rock store.

    I know that stretch of I5 very well and yes Pyramid lake lays along the west side of that freeway on the south side of the grapevine.

    Spent many weekends installing hangovers and drowning worms at that lake.

    RIP Harry.


  24. Wolfenlover Says:

    CONDOLENCES for the loss of Harry Hauss to family & friends. Sounds like he went
    the way he wanted to go. Should we all be so lucky.


  25. that crazy frank dude Says:

    Sorry for your loss..but I think pyramid lake is about 500 miles from the 15

  26. VikingTrotter Says:

    One of my Sunday Coffee buddies died the other day….Died doing what he loved.
    From the RockStore:

    Sad news today.

    Just wanted to let you know that our friend Harry Hauss, from the Rock Store, passed away yesterday at 87.
    He was riding his motorcycle on the I5 near Pyramid Lake when eyewitnesses said he appeared to be slumped over the handlebars
    and no longer controlling the motorcycle. The bike then drifted and went down, rolled over several times, and came to rest at the center
    divider. Harry was dead at the scene. We are speculating that he had a heart attack and may have lost consciousness before the bike went down
    but we don’t know for sure yet. He went out doing what he loved to do. We will all miss him.
    R.I.P. Harry

    HARRY…..Have fun riding in heaven…Oh and God,,,,Try not to piss Harry Off!

  27. Sieg Says:

    Straight, only “loan” money you never expect to get back.

    Anytime you see “ex”, or “former”, in the same sentence as “clubhouse”, you know it ain’t gonna be good.

    I hope the good Brothers up there in BC all get through this without any more grief than they already have.


  28. dirtyfxd Says:

    Two simple rules broke. Never give anyone money and expect to get it back, brother or not. I have only passed money out when it won’t break my heart if I never see it again. And never talk to the law. Fairly simple shit. Reguardless I hope this all get squared off, and the innocent is let go.

  29. swampy Says:

    Remember, Rebel had just written a piece on Battle Creek, MI. in March of this year:

    At the bottom of his article/bottom of the videos provided is the made for television series that takes place in BC. I think the “new prosecutor”, David Gilbert, sees career and cash in his future. Maybe he is hoping Kerrie Droban will notice him. Maybe he is dreaming about Brad Pitt, or one of those other Cunts, portraying him in the movie. Most likely he is grasping at straws.

  30. sherides Says:

    So the prosecutor is looking into recharging Lindahl and Starkweather? Seems like Barosso’s memory of events that night will only be more cloudy with the passage of time.


  31. FF Says:

    Murder? No way. Obviously a heated exchange crime of passion that escalated violently. A murderer doesn’t kill his victim at a New Years Party in a Clubhouse that easily places the perp and victim at the scene of the crime. I don’t think anybody went there that night planning to get into a fight, never mind stab or kill somebody. It’s too bad cooler heads didn’t prevail.

    I agree with John, Barraso should have kept his mouth shut. THE FIRST RULE WHEN TALKING TO COPS IS DON’T TALK TO COPS.

  32. Wookiee Says:

    BC is a seriously fucked up place and the court are the most jacked up set up I have seen. This is just a bullshit revenge scheme on the prostitors part. I hope the truth prevails and innocent men return to their families and lives.

  33. calvin, john Says:

    Better to never start the tale than to chronicle it thus giving it life. Likewise, dancing with the Devil usually mean He leads. If the whip comes down, the stage is set to seek the dance again and mark this as truth, the whip will again come down. When it does, since the Devil has been confided in, He will listen to what ever best suits His ends. Better that anybody trust nobody being neither witness nor spy but once so engaged the Devil gets to choose whom He will use and the key word there is, “use”. You can never delude yourself into thinking you can be clever enough to trick Him or lie to Him unless of course He tells you what lie to tell. Once you give your consent to cooperate the only choice you had is gone and all the rest is His to control, you are now a useful puppet. The art of silence seems to be dying much to the death of any number of Brotherhoods. We are in the midst of a very long night now, keep your powder dry and above all, trust nobody. That is the sad state of our manhood such as it is.


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