By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A grand jury is expected to come back with an indictment Thursday against Michaelangelo Gomez, who is accused of shooting into a Liberty motorcycle club.
Gomez, 41, is facing six charges from an Oct. 27 shooting at the Midwest Percenters Clubhouse, 601 S. Main, in Liberty. The most serious are two attempted first-degree murder counts, which carry a sentencing range of 26 to 50 years. He also was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a fireman, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of weapons. All counts except the unlawful use of weapons charge are felony counts.
Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard said he is not allowed to talk about the case until the grand jury returns its indictments. That is expected to happen on Thursday morning.
A preliminary hearing on the case Wednesday afternoon was postponed. Gomez's attorney, Barney Bier, asked that Judge Scott Walden be taken off the case. It will be up to Richard Greenlief, chief judge in the 8th Circuit, to assign a new judge to the case.
Gomez wore the standard-issue red- and white-striped Adams County Jail jumpsuit. He was wearing glasses, which was different from his first appearance. He was admonished by Walden for looking into the gallery. Gomez leaned back in his seat and tried to look around several bailiffs into the back of the courtroom. Just as it was for Gomez's first appearance on Oct. 29, security was heightened around the courtroom. Three bailiffs were in the courtroom and another was stationed outside the courtroom. There is routinely just one bailiff in a courtroom at a time.
Robert J. Morrell, 34, of Hannibal, Mo., and Timothy E. Jackson, 55, of Roodhouse were injured in the shooting. Both were treated and released from Blessing Hospital after the shooting. Adams County Sheriff's deputies were called to the club at 5:55 a.m. after a 911 call was made. Deputies arrested Gomez 90 minutes later in rural Liberty.
Since his first appearance, Gomez has had his bond reduced from $500,000 to $250,000. He is still being lodged in the Adams County Jail.