Trial to begin in fatal biker shootings

WARREN — The trial of the former leader of Forever Two Wheelz — accused of killing two and wounding two members of a rival motorcycle club in June 2016 — is scheduled to begin today in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

David Bailes Jr., 46, of Braceville, faces two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of felonious assault.

Two co-defendants in the case — Charles C. Dellapenna III and James A. Gardner, both members of Forever Two Wheelz — have taken plea bargains and are expected to testify against Bailes, who remains in the Trumbull County Jail on $1 million bond.

Dellapenna, 48, and Gardner, 48, both of Warren, originally faced the same charges as Bailes, but they pleaded guilty to two counts each of complicity to involuntary manslaughter and complicity to felonious assault. Dellapenna also pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Their sentences are expected to be no more than 15 years in prison, court officials said.

The case centers around the June 16, 2016, shootout at Shorty’s Place on Highland Avenue SW after members of the Brothers Regime showed up during a poker run sponsored Forever Two Wheelz. A fight and shooting broke out when bikers from the Brothers Regime pulled into the parking lot.

Killed were Brothers Regime members Jason “Foot” Moore, 41, and Robert A. “Chopper Bob” Marto, 54, both of Mecca, and wounded were Walter Hughes, 41, of Warren, and Andrew Claypool, 50, of Girard.

Bailes faces a potential maximum sentence of life without parole.

He was shot once in the stomach during the shootout, and spent a considerable amount of time in the hospital recovering from his injury. He is now confined to a wheelchair.

Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Michael Burnett and defense attorney Mark Lavelle declined to comment on the case.

Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew Logan is hearing the case.