Jury selection began today in the murder trial of Andre L. “Li’l Bear” Jenkins of Deland, Florida. Jenkins is a former member of the Daytona Beach chapter of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club
Prosecutors say Jenkins shot and killed Kingsmen Paul Maue and former Kingsmen Daniel “DJ” Szymanski in the early morning hours of September 6, 2014 outside the Kingsmen’s North Tonawanda, New York chapter clubhouse. Both men were shot in the head as they sat in a car. According to police, Jenkins then “fled with another Kingsman who is believed to be a New York state resident.”
Szymanski and Maue were shot after attending a party at the 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 and a member of the Nomads Motorcycle Club.
The Fog Of Prosecution
State prosecutor Doreen Hoffmann has been cute about the evidence against Jenkins. According to multiple published accounts three, unidentified witnesses have placed Jenkins at the party but the actual evidence that Jenkins murdered anybody seems to rely on the testimony of a jailhouse informant and what Hoffmann has characterized as a “controlled phone call” in which another unidentified witness tried to get Jenkins to implicate himself.
Jenkins defense attorney, Dominic Saraceno, has said prosecutors “have been secretive with the evidence but the more the evidence comes out, the more apparent it is they arrested the wrong person.”
Police seem to have had an informant or informants who led them to arrest Jenkins. For example, police found the murder weapon in a field near Route 219 south of Buffalo by a state trooper using a metal detector but police have never said why they looked in that field. Police found a glove at the same location but they were unable to find Jenkins DNA on either the the murder weapon or the glove. Evidence found inside the car in which Maue and Szymanski died was also tested for Jenkins’ DNA and came up negative.
Prosecutors have not yet stated a motive for the murders. There has been wide spread, national speculation that they “may be linked to ongoing disputes within the biker community. Those disputes include efforts by other biker clubs to recruit members to leave the Kingsmen and join other biker clubs.”
Jenkins was arrested near Atlanta in November.