Updated:SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —
The trial continued Wednesday for a man accused of killing three rival motorcycle club members at a Seminole County charity event in 2012.
David Maloney, a member of the Philadelphia Warlocks MC is accused of gunning down three rival club members who belonged to the Orlando Warlocks MC, which is not affiliated with the Philadelphia Warlocks.
Tom McGarry, of Lockhart, said he was the Warlocks' Orlando president in 2012 at the time of the shootout at the VFW.
McGarry told the jury on Wednesday that he had too much respect for the veterans at the Winter Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars post to cause any trouble there.
He said as soon as he found out the rival Philly warlocks were going to join the veterans poker run event, he told all the members at his clubhouse to stay put.
McGarry said he and other members of the Orlando chapter just wanted to help veterans. He testified for the prosecution that Maloney and the Philly Warlocks are the ones who set up a trap at the VFW.
"Once I saw what was going on there, we ain't going nowhere. Shut up and sit down," McGarry said he told his club.
McGarry said he was the peacekeeper.
"I didn't want a confrontation," he said. "At the VFW, I respect them. I'm not going to go there and cause problems, get them in harm's way or anything."
Defense attorney Michael Lafay, however, said McGarry was masterminding a plan to attack Maloney and his Warlock members.
Maloney is charged with second-degree murder in the triple homicide. He claims he was defending himself against attack by the Orlando Warlocks.
The trial is scheduled to continue Thursday.