Vagos Member Tells of Beating in Casino Shootout

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - The trial pitting two motorcycle clubs against each other is continuing in Washoe District Court Tuesday. Jurors spent much of the morning pouring over autopsy photos from the Street Vibrations shooting.

Washoe County Medical Examiner Doctor Ellen Clark told the jury the victim, Hells Angels President Jeffrey Pettigrew, had been shot at least five times the night of september 23rd, 2011. Clark says she was able to retrieve two casings from pettigrew's body. She told the jury he suffered from severe liver and diaphram damage and had been stabbed in the face.

She says she ruled Pettigrew's death a homicide.


RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Vagos motorcycle gang member says he thought he was going to be killed by a Hells Angels leader who kicked him in the head and pointed a gun at him before his rival was fatally shot in a 2011 shootout at a Nevada casino.

Robert Wiggens, the vice president of the Vagos chapter in Orange County, Calif., testified in Washoe District Court Tuesday. He didn't know until days later the Hells Angels' San Jose boss, Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew had been killed.

He said he tried to pretend he was dead during the beating and never saw Pettigrew get shot.

His fellow Vagos member, Nicaragua chapter president Ernesto Gonzalez, is being tried for the alleged murder.

Gonzalez says it was self-defense.