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Leader of Bandidos biker gang found guilty of ordering the ambush murder of rival at Texas dive bar

June 11, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Leader of Bandidos biker gang found guilty of ordering the ambush murder of rival at Texas dive bar

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The purported leader of the Bandidos motorcycle gang has been convicted of murder and participating in organized crime, along with other charges in the 2014 murder of a rival at a local bar in Texas.

On Friday, a jury in Fort Worth, Texas found 62-year-old Howard Baker, the alleged leader of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, guilty of murder in the December 2014 slaying of Geoffrey Brady, a member of the rival bike group, Ghost Riders.

Baker was convicted of murder, aggravated assault, participating in organized crime and managing a street gang, NBC Fort-Worth reported.

Baker was on trial for Brady’s murder, which occurred on December 12, 2014, at the Gator’s Jam Inn in Fort Worth.

Bandidos biker gang leader Howard Baker, 62, was convicted of murder in the December 2014 death of a rival biker gang member during an ambush at a Texas dive bar

Prosecutors allege that Baker told Bandidos’ members to attack Brady at the bar.

Prosecutors described how Baker, accompanied by 30 of his fellow gang members went to the Gator’s Jam Inn, fired shots and then pulled Brady outside before murdering him in front of his wife.

Two others were wounded during the incident.

“It was his plan,” Allenna Bangs, the assistant District Attorney in Tarrant County, said during closing arguments on Friday.

Prosecutors claimed that Baker had planned the ambush because of a conflict over the bikers’ territory.

Geoffrey Brad was killed during an ambush by members of a rival biker gang

The defense argued that the prosecution’s case lacked evidence — that the only thing the prosecution showed was that Baker was a Bandidos member.

“It’s not a crime to be a member of the Bandidos,” defense lawyer Tim Choy stated while adding that Baker is a family man.

Choy also noted that the evidence presented was variable — including the fact that witnesses had contradictory accounts of what happened and that none of the firearms collected from the Bandidos matched the bullets shot Brady.

The defense also contended that no evidence had been presented showing that Baker planned the ambush, but prosecutors argued they proved that Baker was the president of the Bandidos chapter and that he held the power to dictate the order.

Baker’s sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday and is facing up to life behind bars.

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