Tues. 6:45 pm: Warren man charged in biker gang murder

WARREN TOWNSHIP – A Warren man was arrested Tuesday morning at his place of employment for his role in a double fatal shooting at a motorcycle club last summer.

James A. Gardner, 48, 197 Iowa Ave. NW, was charged in a secret indictment with one count of aggravated murder with a firearms specification and two counts of felonious assault, Trumbull County Common Pleas Court records show.  Warren Township police Chief Don Bishop said Gardner was arrested around 9:30 a.m. at the trucking company where he works. Warren city police assisted in the arrest.

“He did not resist,” Bishop said. “We made sure he was away from others.”

Gardner is at the Trumbull Counrty Jail and is due for arraignment Wednesday morning.

He is charged in connection to the June 18 shooting at Shorty’s Place off Highland Avenue SW, where a charity poker run hosted by the Forever Two Wheelz motorcycle club was taking place. A fight and subsequent shooting broke out when rival bikers from the Brothers Regime pulled into the parking lot.

Killed in the shooting were Brothers Regime members Jason “Foot” Moore, 41, and Robert “Chopper Bob” Marto, 54, both of Mecca. The indictment states Gardner fired the shot that killed Moore, who was shot in the head.

Read more in Wednesday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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