After deliberating for about six hours yesterday, a jury in Lockport, New York found Kingsmen Motorcycle Club member Andre “Li’l Bear” Jenkins guilty of murdering two of his club brothers in a parked car outside the Kingsmen’s North Tonawanda, New York clubhouse in the early morning hours of September 6, 2014.
The dead men were Paul Maue and Daniel “DJ” Szymanski and the prosecution theorized that they were killed to prevent them from patching over to the Nickel City Nomads Motorcycle Club. The prosecution introduced testimony that Kingsmen national president David Pirk recruited Jenkins, a member of the Daytona Beach chapter, to kill five apostate Kingsmen. Maue and Szymanski were both shot in the back of the head.
A Kingsmen named Paul R. “Rebel” Gilmore testified that Jenkins had approached the back door of the clubhouse and Maue and Szymanski talked to Jenkins on the back porch. Video footage confirmed the conversation. An hour and a half later Jenkins returned and got into a car with the two men. The murdered men got into the front seat and Jenkins sat behind them
A jailhouse informant testified that Jenkins had lured the two men to their deaths with the promise of a cocaine transaction. The same informant testified that Jenkins had told him, “Everyone and their mom knows I killed these two.”
Gilmore found the bodies and testified that as he walked outside a man on a motorcycle shouted “LKDK,” which is to say, “Live Kinsmen Die Kingsmen.”
A woman named Rene Faulkner, who said she rode on the back of Jenkins’ motorcycle from North Tonawanda to Olean, testified that she saw Jenkins disassemble a nine millimeter pistol and throw the parts alongside a road as the pair fled south in a driving rainstorm at speeds greater than 70 miles per hour. The disassembled murder weapon was later found by police along that road. There was no physical evidence to prove that Jenkins had ever possessed the weapon.
A former Kingsmen named Roger Albright testified that he burned Jenkins’ bloody clothes at the Kingsmen’s Olean clubhouse.
The defense called two witnesses. One was a motorcycle safety instructor named Michael Collins who testified that it “would be very difficult if not impossible” to disassemble a handgun while riding in a driving rainstorm at 70 miles per hour.
The other defense witness was a DNA expert named Gary Skuse who testified that Jenkins DNA was not on the murder weapon.
Jenkins will be sentenced October 21. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.