The last murder case that resulted from a September 30, 2012 shootout in the parking lot of a VFW Post in Winter Springs, Florida was dismissed last Thursday in a Sanford, Florida courtroom.
Three members of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club named Peter “Hormone” Schlette, Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela were killed and two more were wounded when they were ambushed by members of another club that was affiliated with one of two Warlocks Motorcycle Clubs in Philadelphia. Both Philadelphia clubs wear the same patch, which features a mythical beast called a harpy which was half-woman and half bird of prey. The murdered men were members of a club founded in Orlando and they wore a patch that showed a bird called a phoenix that was eternal because it was endlessly reborn. Some members call the symbol a “Warbird.” Generally, the public and press who witnessed the shootout and its aftermath were endlessly confused.
Four members of the Harpy Warlocks ambushed the Warbird Warlocks as they rode into the assembly point for a charity poker run with a large contribution. The Harpy Warlocks said they were convinced the Warbird Warlocks had come to kill them and that they acted in self defense.
Four Harpy Warlocks went on trial for murder.
Victor Manuel “Pancho” Amaro was tried twice. After the second trial Amaro was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison on May 29, 2014. According to the prosecution, Amaro rushed into the parking lot with a pistol in each hand after the shooting started and killed Liddle and Jakiela.
Harpy Warlock Paul Wayne Smith who started the gunfight when he executed Schlette, was found not guilty at trial and was eventually sentenced to serve 753 days in prison for possession of a controlled substance while also in possession of a firearm.
Robert “Willy” Eckert, who fired a gun during the encounter but never actually shot anybody, was found guilty of two counts of manslaughter and two counts of attempted murder and was sentenced to serve 27 years and nine months in prison on May 1, 2014.
David “Tinman” Maloney, a former Warbird Warlock who became the president of the Harpy Warlocks in Florida, was acquitted of murder on April 11, 2014 but a mistrial was declared on a count of attempted murder. Maloney was released and has been free for the last 26 months.
Last Thursday, Maloney pled guilty to one charge of aggravated assault and was sentenced to the 18 months he already served while awaiting trial in the Seminole County in 2012 and 2013.