The local press is having a field day with a sensational murder case involving members of the Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club in Portland, Oregon.
Former club member Robert Lee “Bagger Bobby” Huggins’ bloodied and broken body was discovered by loggers in Ridgefield, Oregon on July 1, 2015. His skull, leg and one rib were broken; he was missing a nipple, nails had been driven through his boots and he had numerous cuts and blunt force injuries to his back and face. Police characterized his death as a “torture murder.”
He was quickly identified using his tattoos and the police have been trying to connect his murder to the Gypsy Joker every since.
Four club members, Mark Leroy Dencklau, Earl Devearl Fisher, Tiler Evan Pribbernow, and Mark Malichi Watkins are accused of Huggins murder.
Dencklau, Fisher and Pribbernow were arrested in April and have been held without bail since then. They are each charged with two counts of murder, one count each of criminal conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder, two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit kidnapping and two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree kidnapping.
Watkins is currently incarcerated at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Washington on an unrelated charge. Watkins has a previous conviction for molesting four children. He is charged with one count of murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping.
Two more people, Ron Thompson and Kendra Castle are charged with obstruction of justice. Police raided the Gypsy Jokers Portland clubhouse in May but actual proof incriminating the defendants remains sparse – which may explain why the press has been encouraged to take a sordid interest in the case.
In a bail hearing that concluded Wednesday, a Multnomah County detective named Jim Lawrence alleged that Huggins was a heroin addict who had been expelled from the club in 2014 for intravenous drug use and theft. According to Lawrence, Huggins burglarized Dencklau’s home the next year and tied up and threatened Dencklau’s girlfriend. Lawrence characterized the burglary as the motive for the killing.
There is no fingerprint or DNA evidence to connect the accused men to the murder. A poor quality surveillance video shows Huggins being kidnapped by men who arrived at his house in a Chevrolet Suburban. Fisher made a cell call near Huggin’s home about the time he was kidnapped. A Suburban police allege was the one used to kidnap Huggins was found in an auto detailing shop owned by Thompson. Police found a speck of Huggins’ blood in the Suburban in Thompson’s shop.
Police charged the six defendants after interrogating unnamed informants.
Circuit Court Judge Gregory F. Silver took the defendant’s bail motions under advisement.