SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Two days after the trial began for a second member of the Philadelphia Warlocks Motorcycle Club accused of killing two rival club members in 2012, the trial ended in a mistrial.
The mistrial was announced after the jury heard that the defendant, Victor Amaro, was a convicted felon. By law, jurors can’t know a defendant’s criminal record.
The trial will be reset, and Amaro is expected back in court next week.
Prosecutors argue that bullets from Amaro's gun killed two Orlando Warlocks MC members at a charity poker run at the Winter Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
The state believes its case against Amaro is stronger than the case against David Maloney, who was acquitted of murder charges last week.
Prosecutors are still deciding whether to re-try Maloney on the one count of attempted murder that the jury deadlocked on.
Maloney is now a free man and a judge recently denied a request from the state to put him on electronic monitoring and under house arrest.
Maloney's attorney argued his client has been getting threats online and he fears for his life. He said keeping Maloney at home would make him an easy target for his enemies.