It’s been nearly 18 years since a witness in a prostitution case was forced to watch the murders of her twin 6-year-old daughters and a friend, before being killed herself.
“You send messages in cases like this that if you kill witnesses, let alone witnesses with little girls, we will never quit,” said Robert Hamilton, assistant state attorney general. “We are going to come after you forever.”
He will help prosecute Odis “Buck” Garrett, 52, a former president of the Hells Angels’ Nomad chapter in Vallejo, Calif. Garrett is accused of ordering Margo Compton’s death.
Compton, 24, had worked briefly as a prostitute for Garrett in a brothel known as the Love Nest in San Francisco, Hamilton said. Compton had testified against Garrett in a preliminary hearing and was preparing to do the same at his trial when she was killed in Laurelwood, 25 miles west of Portland.
“This is one of those where you just wonder if it will ever come together, and you just keep plugging away,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton believes Hells Angels members will be on hand this week for the start of the trial, and tight security is planned for the Washington County Courthouse in suburban Hillsboro.
Several Hells Angels, including the motorcycle gang’s leader, Sonny Barger, attended parts of last year’s trial of Robert “Bugeye Bob” McClure, a Hells Angels “wannabe” convicted of committing the killings, allegedly at Garrett’s orders.
Prosecutors have said Barger was enraged by the case because he felt that killing innocent children was unwarranted.
Witnesses will include many of the same prison inmates affiliated with the Hells Angels or the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang who testified against McClure.
The inmates said they heard McClure brag about the 1977 killings of Compton, her daughters and a friend, and describe how the children’s heads were shattered by his bullets.
The witnesses said they decided to talk at McClure’s trial because he broke a cardinal rule among biker and prison gangs: “snitches” should be killed, but their innocent children should not be harmed.
They said McClure was following Garrett’s orders.