Testimony continued today in the trial of David “Tin Man” Maloney. Maloney is accused of killing and attempting to kill five members of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club in September 2012. Maloney is a member of an unrelated motorcycle club that shares a name with the Warlocks. Maloney’s club describes itself as the “Chester (Pennsylvania) based and trademark registered original Warlocks Motorcycle Club.”
Today’s witnesses included Ronnie “Whiteboy” Mitchell, who was wounded during the confrontation; William Tzivani, an employee of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post where the shooting occurred; and Thomas “Contender” McGarry (photo above) who was the President of the Orlando Chapter of the Warlocks the day of the shooting and who later had a prominent role in a reality television program titled Warlocks Rising.
Mitchell began his testimony yesterday afternoon. He said that he and four other Warlocks were just pulling into a VFW parking lot when a defendant named Paul Wayne Smith shot a Warlock named Peter “Hormone” Schlette in the arm. According to police reports, Schlette cried out, “You just shot me, motherfucker!” Allegedly, Smith then shot Schlette in the left eye.
Mitchell testified that he ran for cover as two other Warlocks, Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela were gunned down. Schlette, Liddle and Jakiela were killed. Mitchell and a fifth Warlock, Brad Dyess, were wounded.
During cross examination, defense attorney Michael LaFay showed jurors weapons that Mitchell and Schlette were carrying when they were attacked. According to LaFay, Schlette possessed four knives, a baseball bat, a get back whip and a collapsible baton when he was shot and Mitchell possessed a 5-shot revolver that fires shotgun shells, two knives, an ax and an ASP style tactical baton.
The five Warlocks were carrying $800 in cash to contribute to the event.
William Tzivani, the VFW employee, testified that he heard the two shots that killed Schlette from inside the building and then saw Maloney and two other men run outside.
He said he saw Maloney and another man flat on the ground, shooting toward a wall where Mitchell had taken cover and he estimated that the shooting continued for between three and five minutes.
The VFW in Winter Springs, Florida was the starting point for a charity poker run. At least two police officers in two cars surveilled the event. They could have testified to what happened that day or possibly mitigated the violence but both cops left minutes before the shooting started. One of them characterized their exits as a “miscommunication.”
Thomas “Contender” McGarry was in the Warlock’s nearby Orlando clubhouse when his three club brothers were killed. He said he was unaware that the poker run was sponsored by the Chester based Warlocks and that when he learned who was sponsoring the event he told his club brothers not to go. He testified that “Once I saw what was going on there, we ain’t going nowhere. Shut up and sit down,”
“I didn’t want a confrontation at the VFW,” McGarry said. “I respect them. I’m not going to go there and cause problems, get them in harm’s way or anything.” He testified that Schlette, Liddle, Jakiela, Mitchell and Dyess had already left the Orlando clubhouse with the cash contribution before he knew the other Warlocks club was sponsoring the event.
Various sources within the Chester Warlocks have made much of the fact that McGarry’s wife was at the VFW post and had telephoned McGarry from there before the shooting. During cross examination, LaFay tried to get McGarry to say that Mrs. McGarry was a spy who was sending him phone photos of Maloney and other Chester Warlocks. But, McGarry insisted his wife was just letting him know how many bikers were attending the event.
The trial will resume tomorrow.