Paul Wayne “Dog” Smith was released from a Florida Prison on May 25, State officials expect Smith to live in Ninety Six, South Carolina.
Smith pled no contest on October 22, 2014 to possession of a controlled substance while also in possession of a firearm and he was sentenced to serve 753 days in prison.
The gun and methamphetamine were in Smith’s possession on September 30, 2012 when Smith shot and killed Warlocks Motorcycle Club patch holder Peter “Hormone” Schlette. Smith killed Schlettte seconds after five Warlocks arrived for a poker run that began in the parking lot of a VFW Post in Winter Springs, Florida. The men were carrying an $800 contribution.
Smith fired the first shots in an apparent ambush that left three Warlocks dead and two others injured. The other dead men were Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela. Brad Dyess and Ronnie “Whiteboy” Mitchell were wounded in the attack.
Smith shot Schlette in the arm while Schlette sat on his motorcycle. The shot knocked Schlette and his bike down. According to witnesses, when Schlette rose he complained, “Motherfucker! You just shot me!” Then Smith shot Schlette in the eye and killed him. A jury cleared Smith of murder and attempted murder at a trial in September 2014.
Four men were charged with the murders and attempted murders. David “Tin Man” Maloney was found not guilty on the same charges on April 11, 2014. Maloney fired three shots during an extended exchange of gunfire with Dyess and Mitchell but hit no one. Robert William “Willy” Eckert, who also shot no one during the exchange, was found guilty of manslaughter and other charges and was sentenced to 27 years in prison on May 1, 2014. Victor Manuel “Pancho” Amaro who shot and killed Liddle and Jakiela was sentenced to life in prison May 29, 2014.
The victims belonged to the Warlocks Motorcycle Club based in Orlando, Florida. That club was founded in 1967 and its members wear a red and yellow Phoenix on their backs. Maloney, Amaro and Smith are all former members of that club.
But at the time of the shooting the accused men were members of a faction of a Warlocks Motorcycle Club founded in 1967 in Southwest Philadelphia. Its members wear a stylized Harpy patch. To further complicate matters, there are two factions within the Harpy Warlocks. The shooters were all aligned with the Chester, Pennsylvania chapter of the Harpy Warlocks. Members of that chapter trademarked the club patch. They identify themselves as the “Chester based and trademark registered original Warlocks” and they began to add chapters outside the Philadelphia metropolitan area in about 2011.
At his trial, Smith’s lawyer argued that Schlette was a bad man who had terrorized Smith and threatened to rape his wife and that Smith had acted reasonably.