A judge has ruled that David Maloney, one of the suspects in the Winter Springs VFW Hall shootout late last year, must stand trial. The ruling on Monday, by Seminole Circuit Judge Marlene Alva, followed a long hearing where both attorneys for the prosecution and the defense presented evidence.
Maloney, 52, of Longwood, was involved in a shootout September 30, at the VFW Hall in Winter Springs. Maloney's group of bikers clashed with Central Florida's Warlocks biker group in the parking lot. Maloney and three other men are now charged with shooting three members of the rival group to death.
Prosecutors questioned the first police officer to respond to the scene. They also interviewed a doctor who conducted one of the autopsies.
One biker, named Cosmo, was friends with the bikers who died. "They were one hundred percent Warlocks. Great brothers," he said. "I'm going to miss them all and they were the best guys that you could be around."
Cosmo said Maloney is a coward who should go to prison. "I think he should get the death sentence."
Maloney's attorney, Michael Lafay, claims there is no evidence that his client shot anyone. He said Maloney fired shots in self-defense, only after someone shot at him. Lafay added, "To say that he is the complete instigator is just a complete, complete misreading of every fact in this case."
Lafay said he will request a stand your ground hearing before the judge, trying to get all the charges against him thrown out in the coming months.
Prosecutors insist Maloney does not have a stand your ground defense. They said previous rulings show that anyone who takes part in a group shootout can be held responsible, even if someone else's bullets kill someone.