Jury finds Kinfolk biker guilty of murdering Bandidos leader

El Paso News

After several hours of deliberating, jurors found Javier Gonzalez guilty of murdering Juan Martinez in 2017 at Mulligan’s Chopping Hog bar in East El Paso. 

He was also found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault.

Gonzalez, the Vice President of the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, was accused of shooting and killing Martinez, the president of the El Paso chapter of the Bandidos MC.

During closing arguements, the defense told jurors Gonzalez was acting in self-defense because he “feared for his life” during the bar brawl. 

Defense attorneys claimed Texas law states one can respond with deadly force as self defense. They were impliying the barstools used in the brawl equates to deadly force. 

Surveillance video from Mulligan’s showed multiple angles of the bar from indoors and outdoors into the parking lot. 

The defense told jurors Gonzalez shot at Martinez because he felt his life was in danger. 

But the state argued this wasn’t the case.

State attorneys told jurors Gonzalez conspired with other Kinfolk members to provoke and attack the Bandidos bikers in a “calculated plan.”

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