NV casino shootout legal jousting; gangs or clubs?

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Updated: 2/27/2012 6:23 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for a Hells Angels member charged in connection with a fatal shootout at a Nevada casino say he should be tried separately from two members of a rival motorcycle gang.

Cesar Villagrana of Gilroy, Calif. is accused of shooting two Vagos during the Sept. 23 gun battle in Sparks. His lawyer David Chesnoff says he won't get a fair trial if the same jury decides his fate with two Vagos scheduled to be tried in Reno in October.

Chesnoff says the Vagos are a self-described gang while the Hells Angels are a legitimate motorcycle club. He says the Vagos' bad reputation could rub off on Villagrana, who currently is free on $300,000 bail.

Prosecutor Karl Hall says both are criminal gangs known for committing the same kinds of crimes.


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