Gomez asks judge to drop attempted murder charges in Liberty shooting

Posted: Nov. 30, 2012 12:09 pm Updated: Dec. 14, 2012 12:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The man accused if shooting into a Liberty motorcycle club on Friday morning asked for the most serious charges against him to be dismissed.

Michaelangelo Gomez had his attorney, Barney Bier, file a motion in front of Judge Robert Adrian to have two attempted first-degree murder charges against dropped.

Adrian set a hearing for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 to rule on the motion. The hearing will also serve as an arraignment hearing for Gomez.

Gomez is free after posting 10 percent of a $250,000 bond on Monday. He entered the Adams Count Courthouse with Bier and left with him after Bier and Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones had a brief meeting.

Gomez, 41, of Quincy, faces six charges from an Oct. 27 shooting at the Midwest Percenters Clubhouse, 601 S. Main in Liberty. The most serious charges are two attempted first-degree murder counts, which carry a sentencing range of 26 to 50 years each. He also was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of weapons. All counts except the unlawful use of weapons charge are felony counts.

Robert J. Morrell, 34, of Hannibal, Mo., and Timothy E. Jackson, 55, of Roodhouse were injured in the shooting.

A 911 call was made at 5:55 a.m. Oct. 27 reporting a shooting at the motorcycle club's headquarters. Morrell and Jackson were transported to Blessing Hospital from the scene. Gomez was arrested in rural Liberty 90 minutes after the 911 call was made.

Four men were taken into custody at the club in May and later arrested in connection with an armed robbery of two male Quincy motorcyclists. A semi-automatic handgun and a loaded sawed-off shotgun were seized at the club during the investigation.

Jackson was one of the people arrested in that incident. He posted a $3,500 bond on May 24. Jackson and the others arrested pleaded not guilty on Aug. 7