August 21, 2014
U[DATE:Trial resumes Monday after taking a long weekend.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A former Vagos motorcycle gang leader turned federal informant testified that he tried to "keep the peace" before a shooting that left a rival Hells Angel dead at a Sparks casino.
The judge forbade media from photographing the prosecution witness - the ex-president of the Vagos Southern California Riverside chapter who said he goes by the name Jimmy Evanson.
Evanson testified for more than two hours in the murder trial of ex-colleague Ernesto Gonzalez, accused of fatally shooting Hells Angels Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew during the melee at John Ascuaga's Nugget in September 2011.
Evanson blamed another Vagos member for starting the brawl on the casino floor.
He said he did not see Gonzalez shoot Pettigrew and knew nothing of the assassination plot that prosecutors say was carried out.
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