Saturday, February 18, 2023

End of the line for 'Mikey Smash' - Update III

Russell Raymond Vannoy pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter of Michael Adam Morales and was sentenced to six years in prison. Vannoy, 63, a member of the Devils Diciples MC, was arrested on murder and gang charges in the stabbing death of Hells Angels prospect Morales in downtown Bakersfield. Guthrie’s footage shows the president of the Bakersfield HAMC shake hands with Vannoy before Morales enters and starts swinging.

Video evidence proved Vannoy acted in self-defense when he killed Morales. Morales swung a bar stool and had a handgun as he attacked Vannoy. Footage clearly shows the gun fall down and out of Morales’ pant leg.
Michael Adam Morales 32 was killed after being stabbed inside one of downtown Bakersfield’s most famous dive bars, Guthrie’s Alley Cat. News of Morales' death spread fast through the local biker community. Morales affiliation with the Hell's Angels MC was prominent on his Facebook page. He had 3 young children.

The bar strictly enforces a 'no colors' policy, but some local bikers have begun to employ "subterfuge," the owner said, by wearing "soft colors" or covering gang colors or emblems only to reveal them later.

"No matter how nice the bikers appear to be, or how much they say they love your joint, stuff like what happened will happen," he said. "It will follow them every time. It's an iron law."