AP Exclusive: Witness: Biker killing was a mistake

By SCOTT SONNER | November 24, 2011 | 9:35 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 27-year veteran of the Vagos motorcycle gang says one of his gang's loose cannons provoked a fight with the rival Hells Angels that led to a fatal shootout in a Nevada casino.

The Associated Press has learned the Vagos member testified in Reno before a grand jury that indicted three men on murder charges for the Sept. 23 killing of the president of the San Jose chapter of the Hells Angels.

The unnamed witness says it was not an assassination plot. He blamed the brawl on the unauthorized acts of the loud-mouthed vice president of the Vagos Los Angeles chapter nicknamed "Jabbers."

Gary "Jabbers" Rudnick is awaiting extradition to Reno for second-degree murder. Another Vagos from San Francisco is the suspected triggerman. His murder trial is Jan. 17.