Calling the evidence against three Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club members accused of murder a “jigsaw puzzle,” Multnomah County Circuit Judge Gregory Silver yesterday denied club members Mark Leroy Dencklau, Earl Devearl Fisher and Tiler Evan Pribbernow bail.
Silver said that “no single piece of evidence that was determinative” in his decision,
Each of the three men is charged with two counts of murder for the one murder of a former Gypsy Joker named Robert Lee “Bagger Bobby” Huggins. Technically, Judge Silver granted the three men bail in one of the murder counts but not the other. Silver did not say if the jigsaw puzzle he imagined when he drew his metaphor was a Sons of Anarchy puzzle.
The decision not to grant bail came after a three-day hearing.
Huggins was not a sympathetic victim. He was a former chapter treasurer who stole club funds to support his heroin habit. He was expelled from the club in 2014. But he never could say goodbye. The following year, according to police, he broke into Dencklau’s home, tied Dencklau’s girlfriend to a chair, threatened her with a gun and stole Dencklau’s property. Police identify Dencklau as a regional club officer.
In July 2015, loggers found Huggins mutilated body. He had an arrest record so he was quickly identified as an out bad Gypsy Joker.
Ten months later, police arrested Dencklau, Fisher and Pribbernow as well as Mark Malichi Watkins, Ron Thompson and Kendra Castle. Watkins is charged with murder and is incarcerated at the at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Washington. Thompson and Castle run a car detailing business and are accused of cleaning a Chevrolet Suburban that hypothetically was used to kidnap Huggins. According to police, a small amount of Huggins blood was found in the SUV.
The evidence in the case has always been hypothetical and thin. Police raided the Gypsy Joker clubhouse in Portland in May, a month after the arrests, in search of more substantive evidence but apparently they came up empty.
None of the suspects has a trial date yet.