September 23, 1996 in Nation/World

Biker Gang’s Intimidation Trial Starts Today Case Involving Five Hells Angels Figures Stems From Murder Trial

By The Spokesman-Review
 

For the second time this year, Hells Angel Timothy Myers is facing criminal charges in a Spokane County courtroom.

Earlier this year, Myers was acquitted of killing a rival biker gang member and wounding a second man during a Hillyard bar fight.

Now Myers, 42, and four of his friends are accused of intimidating the prosecutor or witnesses who testified in the murder trial.

Jury selection starts today in front of Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen. Testimony is expected to last a week.

Also facing the intimidation charges: Richard “Smilin’ Jack” Fabel, president of the Spokane chapter of Hells Angels; club member Michael Cultis; and club “associates” Joe Dye and Michael Wooster.

Myers is accused of intimidating Yolanda Fisette, the wife of Kenneth Fisette, former president of the rival Ghost Riders.

Both testified against Myers in the murder trial last May.

That intimidation allegedly happened inside a north Spokane restaurant a few months before the trial began.

Fabel is accused of intimidating Yolanda Fisette on a different occasion. Police say Fabel drove into her yard the day Myers’ trial was to start, walked up to her fence and stared at her house for 30 minutes.

The four defendants other than Myers are charged with intimidating Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor David Hearrean, who handled the murder case against Myers.

That intimidation allegedly included anonymous phone threats to Hearrean’s home and at least one direct confrontation.

One night last May, the bikers allegedly entered a downtown restaurant where Hearrean and friends were dining.

The bikers sat at nearby tables, said nothing but stared at Hearrean, his wife Carole and two couples with them, authorities said.

One club member also sat next to Hearrean at the same table, blocking his exit, according to police.

Defense attorney Bevan Maxey said he will try to prove the charges were fabricated in order to harass his clients. ’

‘Their positions are simple. They never intimidated or threatened anybody,” Maxey said.

If convicted as charged, the defendants face up to 10 years in prison.

Eitzen ruled earlier that the names of jurors will be kept confidential to protect them from possible retribution. The same precaution was taken during the previous murder trial.

Since Hearrean is a witness, the prosecutor in this case is Assistant City Attorney Rocco Treppiedi.

, DataTimes


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