SALEM, Mass. — Five months after his right hand and wrist were shattered by a ball-peen hammer, the former Red Devil is still wearing a cast and bandages, visible as he raised that hand to swear an oath in court yesterday.
The alleged victim, 56, who until two weeks ago lived in a Revere bungalow, took the stand to testify against his former associates in the Red Devils and Hells Angels motorcycle clubs, describing how he was “put out bad” by the gang after failing to beat up a former member who showed up at a party last September.
He did more than testify, however; he wore a recording device that captured audio and video of one of those former associates, Marc Eliason, 35, of Danvers.
Eliason’s attorney didn’t even try to persuade Judge John Lu to release him on bail, joining a second suspect, Sean Barr, 48, of Lynn, in waiving his right to a hearing on the request by prosecutors to hold them and four others without bail.
After a hearing where Lu was shown the surveillance video, he ordered three of the other suspects: George Brown, 49, of Salem; Brian Weymouth, 41, of Danvers; and Robert Defronzo, 45, of Saugus held without bail. One defendant, Nikolas Avelis, 54, of Gloucester, said to be the president of the Red Devils, will be allowed to be released on the condition that he post $5,000 bail and remain confined to his home, monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet.
All six have pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, mayhem and extortion, the charges stemming from a series of incidents that led to one brutal confrontation inside the Red Devils “clubhouse” in a Byfield strip mall last October.
Under questioning by prosecutor A.J. Camelio, the former Red Devil, a burly man sporting tattoos, a goatee beard and black-rimmed, yellow tinted eyeglasses, described how a former Hells Angels member showed up at a Sweet 16 party for his girlfriend’s daughter.