Jurors still deliberating in motorcycle trial

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A federal jury will return on Monday as it works toward a verdict in the trial of four members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang. The group's national president and three associates are accused of conspiracy and racketeering.

A six man/six woman jury deliberated for 7 hours. They were relatively quiet, until they asked a question Friday afternoon and then asked to go home for the weekend.

Around since the 1930's there are 600 members of the Outlaws motorcycle club in the US. The government says the Outlaws use violence, sometimes extreme violence to promote themselves and gain territory over motorcycle rivals, the Hell's Angels. The feds indicted 27 members on charges of racketeering and conspiracy. 15 pleaded guilty, but four are fighting the charges, including national president Milwaukee Jack Rosga.

Over the last 8 days, the feds laid out a case based on the testimony of former members and three ATF agents who went undercover and infiltrated the organization. Most of the evidence was gathered at a secret clubhouse, created by the feds in Petersburg on Crater Road.

The defense says the government, trapped their clients; brought charges only to justify the amount of time and money spent on this investigation.

They asked the jury, if the Outlaws were so dangerous, why did the feds help them set up shop in Petersburg?

The jury will return to the courthouse on Monday at 9:00 a.m. Six other members of the Outlaws go on trial in December.

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