Bond set at $1 million for Warren man in motorcycle club death

WARREN — A Warren man charged in the double fatal shooting at a Warren Township motorcycle club last summer had his bond set Wednesday at $1 million.

James A. Gardner, 48, 197 Iowa Ave. NW, appeared with attorney Mark Lavelle for his arraignment before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay. Gardner pleaded not guilty and remains at the Trumbull County Jail after being arrested Tuesday morning at his place of employment.

Lavelle said others may be charged in the case, and he may not continue to represent Gardner.

Gardner was charged in a secret indictment on one count of aggravated murder with a firearms specification and two counts of felonious assault.

Court records show the case was assigned to Judge Andrew D. Logan’s court and Gardner is expected to appear there Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

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

Brothers Regime members Jason “Foot” Moore, 41, and Robert “Chopper Bob” Marto, 54, both of Mecca, were shot to death. The indictment alleges Gardner fired the shot that killed Moore, who was shot in the head. Gardner is a member of Forever Two Wheelz, Bishop said.

David Bailes Jr., 45, president of Forever Two Wheelz, who was seriously wounded, was charged with two counts of murder several days after the shooting, but the charges were dismissed  Sept. 21 “due to defendant’s medical condition,” according to court records. The details of Bailes’ condition are unknown.

Also injured in the shootout was Walter Hughes, 41, 539 Kenilworth Ave. SE, Warren, and Andrew G. Claypool, 50, 1206 Rose Ave., Girard, both members of the Brothers Regime. The indictment states Gardner is accused of shooting them as well.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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