The last two days of the murder and racketeering trial of Christopher Ablett have been dominated by a fight at a peace rally in June 2008 and the testimony of an ATF undercover agent.
Ablett, a member of the Modesto chapter of the Mongols Motorcycle Club is accused of murdering Hells Angels Frisco charter President Mark Guardado on behalf of the “Mongols criminal enterprise” in September 2008. Ablett’s lawyers have argued that their client acted in self-defense.
Jurors heard testimony Wednesday about a fight between members of the Mongols and Hells Angels at a church sponsored “Stop the Violence” rally in a Los Banos, California Park about two months before Guardado.
Ten members of the Mongols and members of a motorcycle ministry named Swords Afire were invited by minister named Chris Castaneda to attend the event which included Christian rap and a car show. The Los Banos Mayor, a man named Tommy Jones was there when a small pack of Hells Angels arrived a few minutes later.
According to Castaneda the Angels walked toward the Mongols shouting insults. Another witness said the Mongols provoked the Angels with obscene gestures. A Hells Angel prospect fired “five or six” shots from a .40 caliber automatic pistol. All the shots missed. A Mongol stabbed the Angels prospect in the torso and leg. Another Mongol hit a Hells Angel with a motorcycle helmet and the combatants dispersed.
Police found the Angels prospect standing in a front yard a few blocks away holding a towel to his torso wound. He was airlifted to a hospital in Modesto where he was treated and released the same day.
Many of the Mongols involved in the fight were members of the Modesto chapter. Ablett is a member of the Modesto chapter. So jurors heard testimony about the brawl and were shown numerous photographic exhibits, including an aerial photo of the park for about 90 minutes Wednesday. The idea, presumably, was to demonstrate to jurors that the Modesto Mongols were at war with the Hells Angels and that Ablett was part of that war before he ever encountered Guardado.
Most of the last two days of the trial has featured the testimony of ATF Special Agent Darrin Koslowski (photo above). Kozlowski is renowned for his ability to lie. He lied his way through a lie detector test that former Mongols president Ruben “Doc” Cavazos ordered him to take because Cavazos thought the ATF Agent was untrustworthy. In court, Kozlowski promised to tell the truth.
Koxlowski was one of three federal policemen to patch into the Mongols Cypress Park chapter during the most recent government infiltration of that motorcycle club called Operation Black Rain. For more than 15 years he has been a sort of Forrest Gump of biker infiltrators. During that time he has pretended to be a Mongol, Vago, Warlock, Son of Silence and Outlaw. A former member of the Outlaws named Kevin P. “Spike” O’Neill has described Kozlowski as a “narcissistic psycho unleashed by his masters to wreak havoc on the public.”
Kozlowski took the stand at 12:30 Wednesday afternoon and testified for an hour. He resumed his testimony when court was called into session this morning and remained on the stand all day with numerous interruptions for conferences between the lawyers and the presiding judge.
The Honorable Richard Seeborg called it quits at 1:30 p.m. The trial resumes Monday morning.
The video below is on the prosecution’s exhibit list for the trial.