Testimony Continues in Street Vibrations Murder Trial
Testimony continued Friday in the murder trial of Ernesto Gonzalez who's accused of killing San Jose Hells Angel chapter president Jeffrey ‘Jethro' Pettigrew.
Gonzalez faces several charges, including first degree murder and discharging a firearm in a structure during a fight at Trader Dick's inside John Ascuaga's Nugget on September 23, 2011.
Earlier this week, former Vagos member Gary "Jabbers" Rudnick testified Pastor "Tata" Palafox, the Vagos International President ordered a hit on Pettigrew, during a secret meeting, the night of the murder.
"We were questioning why the San Jose charter was there," Rudnick said. "San Jose wanted to know what was going on and at a certain point, Tata put a green light on Pettigrew."
Rudnick, a former vice president of the Vagos' chapter in Los Angeles, already pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit murder. Sentencing is set for August 22nd. A medical examiner has said Pettigrew was shot at least five times during the incident and the that the left side of his nose was nearly severed.
Defense lawyers have said Gonzalez shot Pettigrew because he feared Pettigrew was kicking another Vagos to death during the melee.
Prosecutors say Pettigrew's death was planned because of the club's rivalry, but the defense says the fight happened spontaneously.