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October 1, 2013

Jury selection to start today in Hells Angels case in Salem

SALEM — Jury selection is expected to get underway this morning in Salem Superior Court in the trial of four men, three reputed members of the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle gang and another said to be part of an affiliated gang, on charges that include extortion, kidnapping and mayhem.

The men are charged with forcing a former member, a Revere man, to turn over the title to his motorcycle, which they took last October after kicking him out of the Red Devils motorcycle gang, an affiliated group, and smashing the man’s hand with a hammer.

But some 11th hour legal issues — including whether the jury will be shown the state’s key piece of evidence, a video of one defendant taking the title to the motorcycle from the alleged victim — led to a lengthy hearing yesterday.

During that hearing, an FBI agent testified that the agency has reports and federal grand jury testimony by the alleged victim, as well as by a co-defendant who has made a deal with prosecutors. That prompted defense lawyers to demand that prosecutors turn over all of those materials.

Prosecutor A.J. Camelio said he was willing to do so — if he had them. He told Judge David Lowy that the U.S. Attorney’s office has so far refused to give him those grand jury transcripts and the FBI reports.

So, the judge issued an order for those reports. The response of federal prosecutors could determine whether the case actually goes to trial as scheduled.

On trial are Marc Eliason, 35, of Danvers; Sean Barr, 48, of Lynn; and Robert Defronzo, 45, of Saugus, all said to be members of the Hells Angels Salem chapter (based in Lynn); and Brian Weymouth, 41, of Danvers, who is alleged to be a member of the Red Devils, based in Newbury. Besides kidnapping and extortion, they are charged with mayhem, assault and battery, and larceny.

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