Florida - SANFORD - David "Tin Man" Maloney, a Philly Warlocks motorcycle gang member at the center of a triple homicide in Winter Springs, will ask a judge today to release him on bail.
Maloney, 53, of Longwood, is charged with three counts of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder for the massacre in a VFW parking lot Sept. 30.
Three members of a motorcycle gang that Maloney had broken away from were killed. Two others were wounded but survived.
The shooting happened in the parking lot of a Winter Springs VFW, where Maloney's gang, "The Philly Warlocks," was hosting a poker run.
Witnesses told police that the gunfire began when members of the Orlando Warlocks, affiliated with a group from which Maloney had broken in 2010, pulled into the lot.
Maloney told police that he was under a vehicle and opened fire with his 380 Ruger, aiming it in the direction of a brick wall.
Two of the men who died were between him and the wall, according to a search warrant affidavit.
The two groups are sworn enemies. Maloney had been the target of death threats and last year shot and wounded a Warlock in self-defense outside a Sanford biker bar, according to police records.
Defense attorney Michael LaFay is asking that Maloney be freed. In court paperwork he wrote that Maloney has lived in Central Florida for 25 years, is a former U.S. Marine and owns a swimming pool screen company.
Three other members of Maloney's gang also are charged with murder: Robert William Eckert; Victor Manuel Amaro and Paul Wayne Smith. They are not part of today's hearing, which starts at 10:30 a.m.
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