polo shirts cheap Gypsy Joker motorcycle member was horrifically tortured before his body was dumped
A Portland police detective told a judge Monday that the lifeless body of an ousted Gypsy Jokers motorcycle gang member was found shirtless and bloody in a Clark County field on July 1, 2015 minutes after the dead man’s former gang members dumped him there.
Robert Huggins, 56, had suffered a fractured skull, a broken rib, a broken leg and a removed nipple. He also had nails driven through his boots, slash wounds to his back and face and many blows to his face.
Detective Jim Lawrence told Multnomah County Circuit Judge Gregory Silver that witnesses told him Huggins had been banished from the outlaw motorcycle gang in 2014, after fellow members determined he was stealing money from the club to support his heroin habit. The following year, Huggins burglarized the home of the club’s president and tied the president’s girlfriend to a chair at gunpoint enraging the president and other members enough to torture and kill him, the detective said.
The detective made public details of the case Monday during a hearing to determine whether three of four men charged with Huggins’ murder should be allowed to be released from jail pending trial, set for 2017. Defendants Mark Leroy Dencklau, 54; Earl Devearl Fisher, 46; and Tiler Evan Pribbernow, 35, have all been held in jail with no possibility of posting bail since they were charged in April.
A fourth murder defendant, Malachi Watkins,
32, is serving a Washington prison sentence and isn’t seeking release.
Although police and prosecutors believe that Huggins was killed in a rural area of Woodland, Wash., and his body dumped in a field near Ridgefield, Wash., they are going forward with a murder case in Multnomah County because they say the crime initiated there with Huggins’ kidnapping.
The judge isn’t expected to make a decision about whether to set bail for the three men thereby paving the way for their release until Tuesday, when the two day hearing concludes.
Defense attorneys for the three men contend that police have a tenuous case against their clients.
In court papers, Fisher’s attorney, Alicia Hercher, wrote that prosecutors have no DNA or fingerprints that link her client to the killing. Hercher criticized police for linking her client to the killing because his cellphone was traced to a cell tower near the Southeast Portland home from which Huggins was kidnapped, at about the time police say he was kidnapped. Police also traced Fisher’s cellphone as being in Woodland about a half an hour later long enough for Fisher to have driven up with his co defendants to kill Huggins there.
But Lawrence, the detective, said in addition to cellphone records linking some of the defendants to the crime scenes, various people told police pieces of the story leading up to the killing or surrounding the killing. Girlfriends of some of the defendants and of the victim talked about Huggins being beaten in 2014, after club members determined that he had stolen club money to support his drug habit.
The girlfriends also told detectives that their boyfriends had talked to them about parts of the killing: among the statements, that Pribbernow had told everybody to burn their clothes and that he also had said the encounter had gone farther than it was supposed to.
A surveillance camera mounted to a house neighboring the house from which Huggins was abducted from showed men getting out of a Chevrolet Suburban, striking a man believed to be Huggins and dragging something presumably the man back to the Suburban and driving off. The surveillance video was taken from afar, and the abductors are difficult to identify.