Andre “Li’l Bear” Jenkins who rode away from a double murder in the early morning hours of September 6, 2014 angrily shouting an acronym for “Live Kingsmen Die Kingsmen” was not himself a Kingsmen and he did not own a motorcycle. He was riding a borrowed bike,
“He had been a striker with the club,” a source explained. “He was kicked out because he owed money and he didn’t have a bike. You know. We’re a motorcycle club.” Multiple sources spoke to The Aging Rebel about the murders and the subsequent trial on conditions of anonymity. “You might be writing about me next,” one source said. The Aging Rebel considers the sources credible. “The murders were totally out of the realm of what we’re about,” one of the sources said.
The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club is a three piece patch club but “not a one percenter club.” A source called it a “truly non-affiliated club.” The Kingsmen was founded in 1958 and now has 21 chapters. “We have nine chapters in New York, two in Pennsylvania, one in Tennessee and nine in Florida.” Jenkins “struck,” or prospected, with the Volusia County chapter.
Jenkins was convicted last week by a Lockport, New York jury of executing Kingsmen Paul Maue and Daniel “DJ” Szymanski as they sat in a parked car near the Kingsmen’s North Tonawanda, New York chapter clubhouse. Jenkins has a thin history with motorcycling. In 1998, he was convicted of First Degree Burglary in South Dakota and sentenced to 18 years in prison. He was released on parole in August 2010 and became an absconder. He most recently worked at a car wash in DeLand, Florida. He was arrested near Savannah, Georgia last November on a charge unrelated to the murders.
At his trial earlier this month, prosecutors theorized that Jenkins was a club “enforcer” who had been sent to New York by club national president David Pirk to kill Kingsmen who wanted to leave the club. In some published news accounts, Maue has been described as a member of the Nickel City Nomads Motorcycle Club. Pirk lives in Florida, remains president of the club and has not been charged with any crime. The sources dispute the idea that Maue and Szymanski were about to leave the Kingsmen.
“They weren’t thinking of leaving the club at all. We were drinking with them, hugging them and calling them brother just two days before,” a source said.
The sources describe the Kingsmen as a mostly law abiding club that has patched out about 70 members in the last two years. “We did go through some internal strife and got rid of the guys who wanted to be the Sons of Anarchy,” one of the sources said. “Everybody in the club now is a working guy. We ride and party hard and then we go home to our wives and our kids.” Some of the expelled Kingsmen became members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club. Some joined the Nickel City Nomads, who the sources describe as a support club for the American Outlaws Association.
“None of the guys we cleaned out even got beat up,” a source said. “We knew we were going to run into these guys down the road. We want to be cordial to every club.”
The sources also describe Roger Albright, one of the prosecution’s chief witnesses against Jenkins, as an out bad Kingsmen. “We caught him stealing red-handed,” a source said. “It was hard for him because he was living in a club house so he lost where he lived.” Albright testified that he burned Jenkins’ bloody clothes after the murders. “He’s not telling the truth about burning the clothes,” one of the sources claimed.
The night of the murders, the sources say, Jenkins made multiple trips between the North Tonawanda clubhouse and a nearby bar. A prosecution witness testified that Jenkins lured Maue and Szymanski to their deaths with the promise of a cocaine deal. “That’s possible,” a source said. “We frown on that but we’re not the party police. They didn’t just get in the car with him once that night. They got into the car three times.” Jenkins shot both men in the head from the back seat of the car as they sat in the front seat.
The sources do not seem to understand the motive for the murders beyond “we think it must have been some personal thing.” But they are concerned that they have now become the target of a federal investigation. Conceding that there is “probably a grand jury,” one source said “this is going to screw up a lot of good men that are trying to do the right thing.”
“We’re a poor club,” he said. “We don’t have money for lawyers. If you go back to 1958 and you look at how many police have been charged and how many Kingsmen have been charged, you’ll see the cops are way more dirty that we are. I’m not saying the cops are dirty. I’m just saying any organization has guys in it that do the wrong thing.”