Motorcycle club murder trial expected to wrap up Thursday – The Oakland Press
Closing statements are expected Thursday in the trial of Gregory Kincade, accused of fatally shooting a Pontiac man and injuring another by gunfire during a 2019 motorcycle club party.
Mecca Shea Ramsey, 41, was found dead April 27, 2019 in the men’s restroom at the Night Riders Motorcycle Club, 339 Raeburn Street in Pontiac. He had been shot multiple times, mostly in the back, according to the Oakland County Medical Examiner. The other shooting victim. Malcolm Chambers, sustained a bullet wound to the arm and a grazing wound to the forehead.
On Wednesday in Oakland County Circuit Court, among those called to testify Wednesday was Dorecca Powell, a 20-plus year member of the motorcycle club, who was working security the night of the party. Powell said her job was to frisk female, non-club members before they could get into the building’s main area. Powell, along with other club members who testified, noted that only “civilians” — those who aren’t members of Night Riders or other motorcycle clubs — were searched at the door.
Kincade was not a Night Riders member but did belong to the Phantom Motorcycle Club in Pontiac, according to testimony presented during the trial.
Powell told the court she arrived at the club’s building shortly after midnight that night, a few hours before gunfire rang out. Not long afterward, two club members were seen “wrestling” with Ramsey, who she heard say “I fu**ed up,” Powell testified.
Powell further testified that she first saw the other shooting victim emerge from the men’s room and stumble a few times before collapsing. Finding that he’d been shot, Powell called 911 as she headed toward the men’s room. That’s where she saw Ramsey, lying on the floor.
Powell said that she moved in to perform CPR when another person entered the restroom, identified as a family member, and took Ramsey’s ringing phone from his pocket. Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies then arrived, she said.
‘I never shot nobody’
Jurors also watched portions of Kincade’s recorded interview with an Oakland County Sheriff’s detective at the Pontiac substation, where deputies transported him soon after the shooting. Kincade repeatedly denied being the shooter, and said he was in the stall next to Ramsey and someone else when the gunfire happened.
“I never shot nobody. I don’t have a gun, I don’t own a gun,” Kincade said to Detective Sgt. Matthew Peschke.
Kincade told Peschke he was urinating when the shooting happened and caused him to soil his pants. “I stayed in the stall — I didn’t want to get shot…I have no reason to shoot nobody,” he said.
The case against Kincade was tried in 2020 in Oakland County Circuit Court but, three days in, a mistrial was declared due to a medical emergency. It took another two years for the retrial to begin, delayed over COVID-19 restrictions at the courthouse. Testimony presented at the first trial by Ljubisa Dragovic, MD, Oakland County’s chief medical examiner, was read aloud in court Wednesday for the jury, due to Dragovic being unavailable. Some of the bullet wounds were “through and through,” according to Dragovic’s report, and tore through Ramsey’s heart, lung and other organs, as well as straight through his spinal cord.
Assistant prosecutor Rob Novy said he has one witness to call to the stand on Thursday. Jerome Sabbota told The Oakland Press on Wednesday he likely won’t call any witnesses.