There was more prosecution testimony today in the trial of David Maloney. Maloney was accused of murder and attempted murder after a three minute gun fight in the parking lot of a Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Hall in Winter Springs, Florida in September 2012.
The murders seem to be incomprehensible to anyone who does not have some knowledge of the prideful, violent, honor and testosterone driven, sometimes Faulknerian and frequently stupid world of motorcycle outlaws: Which is to say the murders are obviously incomprehensible to the Florida reporters covering the trial who keep reporting over and over that Maloney started an offshoot of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club called the Philly Warlocks. And, if the reporters don’t get it the jurors don’t get it either. So, it is impossible to handicap a verdict.
It is incontrovertible that five members of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club rode into the VFW lot carrying a donation of $800 and members of another club with the same name lit them up without any immediate provocation. Maloney is arguing that he acted in self-defense, by which he and his lawyer mean that Maloney and his club brothers were driven by paranoia. They have attempted to convince jurors that it isn’t paranoia if you really do have enemies who are out to get you. Maloney is being tried in the same courthouse where a grown man named George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering a black teenager named Trayvon Martin on account of Zimmerman’s paranoia.
Dyess And Dula
Three men named Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle, Peter “Hormone” Schlette and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela were mortally wounded within seconds of entering the VFW driveway. None of the three were carrying firearms although they all do seem to have been armed with sticks and blades, as motorcycle outlaws are always armed with something. Two other men named Brad Dyess and Ronnie “Whiteboy” Mitchell were carrying guns and they survived.
Dyess testified today that he survived by shooting back. After seeing Schlette (photo above) executed Dyess testified he pulled out a gun of his own. “I fired two more shots to keep me from being shot at and give me a chance to get over the wall,” he told jurors. Dyess quickly came under fire from Maloney and two other members of the other Warlocks who hid behind a truck. “I saw him (Maloney) come out the door (of the VFW Hall) and pull a pistol and he dove behind a truck over there,” Dyess testified.
Maloney’s defender, a guy named Michael LaFay wanted jurors to know that Dyess put bullet holes in the truck behind which his client hid. He showed the jury photos and compelled Dyess to answer the incredibly fatuous question, “That is the S-10 truck that you identified Mr. Maloney, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Ekard at, is that correct?.”
Another witness, an undercover police sergeant named Bradley Dula testified that Maloney, had indeed avoided being shot by hiding behind the truck, and confirmed the prosecution’s contention that Maloney was wearing a bullet proof vest. “You could see through the shirt that he had a bullet-proof vest on,” Dula testified. The prosecution implied that Maloney could not have been acting in self defense because he was wearing the vest. The jury was then shown the vest.