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Judge declares mistrial in trial of Bandidos member accused in brutal beating

Bandidos Mistrial Recap

EL PASO, Texas - Judge Francisco Dominguez declared a mistrial in the trial of a Bandidos member accused of beating members of rival Los Traviesos Motorcycle Club.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict after deliberating since Thursday. 

Thomas Decarlo, an alleged member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, is charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity/Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  If convicted, Decarlos could be sentenced to in between five and 99 years in prison or ten years probation. 

Decarlo is accused of beating of Ernesto Delgado and Gared Quesada, both Los Traviesos Motorcycle Club members,  on Aug. 3, 2016. The alleged incident happened outside Hot Chicks Wing House located at 2281 N. Zaragoza Road

Juan Martinez, the former El Paso chapter president of the Bandidos, and James Heredia, Bandidos sergeant-at-arms, were also arrested in connection with the beatings.

At the time of the arrests, police said the suspects beat the accusers with baseball bats and clubs.

Weeks later, Martinez was shot and killed during July 30 shooting at  Mulligan's Chopped Hog Bar.

Heredia is still awaiting trial for the beating. 

Two female bartenders from RockHouse Bar and Grill, located at 9828 Montana Ave., testified that Decarlo was at the bar when the incident occurred, where he was a regular customer. 

According to testimony, the incident stemmed from a payment dispute: The Bandidos demanded ten percent of the money Los Traviesos raised for a child with cancer for a motorcycle club coalition, and Los Traviesos refused to pay. 

The jury consisted of seven women, five men and one male alternate. ABC-7 is working to confirm if the district attorney's office will seek a retrial.


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