September 26, 1996 in City

Hells Angels Trial Ready To Begin Jurors Granted Anonymity In Witness Tampering Trial

By The Spokesman-Review
 

After three days of interviewing jurors, attorneys say they’ll present opening statements today in the intimidation and witness tampering trial of five Spokane Hells Angels.

About 70 prospective jurors have answered written and oral questions since Monday in an effort to find 12 for the Superior Court criminal trial.

Charged with intimidating a public official are Richard Fabel, president of the Spokane Hells Angels motorcycle club, and members or associates Michael Cultis, Joe Dye and Michael L. Wooster.

Fabel and Timothy Myers, the club’s secretary, are also charged with intimidating a witness earlier this year.

Jurors in the harassment trial have been guaranteed anonymity, a standard policy in high-profile or gang-related trials.

Myers was acquitted earlier this spring of murdering a member of a rival motorcycle gang. In charge of that case was Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor David Hearrean.

Before the trial, Hearrean’s family received a number of threatening phone calls, police said.

While visiting a downtown restaurant with his wife, Hearrean said four Hells Angels entered the business and sat nearby, staring at him but saying nothing.

Hearrean’s wife, Carole, also reported being followed by two alleged club members the day Myers’ trial started.

Myers and Fabel are charged with also intimidating Yolanda Fisette, a witness who testified against Myers.

Defense attorney Bevan Maxey said his clients never harassed or threatened Hearrean or Fisette.

The trial is expected to continue into next week.

, DataTimes

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