Lawyer denies client killed rival gang leader

November 18, 2008 1:54:18 PM PST
The attorney for a man accused of fatally shooting the leader of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels in September said Tuesday his client denies committing murder.

Christopher Ablett, a reputed member of the rival Mongols motorcycle gang, appeared in San Francisco Superior Court for the second time Tuesday morning since his extradition from Oklahoma last week and was appointed an attorney from the public defender's office.

The 35-year-old Modesto resident is suspected by San Francisco police of fatally shooting 46-year-old Mark "Papa" Guardado outside a bar in San Francisco's Mission District on Sept. 2.

He has not yet entered a plea to charges of murder and firearm possession and remains in custody in the jail's high-security unit in lieu of $5 million bail.

Ablett's new attorney Stephen Olmo said today he has not yet received the evidence against his client.

"My client's absolutely denying that he committed murder," Olmo said.

Olmo declined comment on Ablett's alleged status as a Mongols member, or whether he has admitted to being at the scene of Guardado's shooting.

Olmo also refused to discuss what Ablett had been doing in Oklahoma.

In early September Ablett was declared a fugitive, and a $5 million warrant was issued for his arrest after police searched his Modesto home and seized a motorcycle and other items.

On Oct. 5, Ablett turned himself in to police in Bartlesville, Okla.

Ablett is due back in court Dec. 4 for plea entry.


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