Man Convicted of Quadruple Slayings in Hells Angels Trial
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) _ A man described as a Hells Angels ″wannabe″ was convicted Saturday of murdering a woman, her 6-year-old twins and a family friend 17 years ago, allegedly at the orders of a gang leader.
Robert G. McClure, 47, was sentenced to four consecutive life terms immediately after the verdict, reached by the jury after about six hours of deliberations.
McClure, who claimed he was framed by the outlaw bikers club, sat impassively as the verdicts and sentences were read. His lawyer, Lisa Maxfield of Portland, said McClure would appeal.
Prosecutors contended McClure was under orders from Odis ″Buck″ Garrett to kill Compton in retaliation for her testimony against several Hells Angels in a 1976 San Francisco prostitution trial.
McClure wasn’t charged until 1991 after inmates came forward saying he had bragged to them about the killings while in prison on a drug conviction. Inmates said McClure described how the children’s heads were shattered by his bullets as they clutched their teddy bears.
The inmates said they agreed to testify for the state because killing children was a crime even they couldn’t stomach.
Judge Jon B. Lund called the trial one of the ″most egregious″ murder cases he’d ever heard, telling McClure he killed ″in a heartless and cold- blooded fashion.″
Margo Compton, 24, was found dead in her home in the rural town of Gaston on Aug. 7, 1977, along with her daughters, Sylvia and Sandra, and Gary Seslar, 19, the son of her boyfriend. Each had been shot in the head.
Compton’s sister, Lynne Spieckerman of Gonzales, Texas, burst into tears when the verdict was announced. She and Bonnie Sleeper, who was Seslar’s fiancee and discovered the bodies, hugged prosecutors Robert Hamilton and Robert Heard.
″When you kill children and innocent people, you just can’t get away with it,″ Spieckerman said.
McClure and Garrett, a leader of the Oakland, Calif., chapter of the Hells Angels, were imprisoned on drug charges years after the killings.
Garrett is serving time in a California prison and was charged in 1991 in the killings. He still faces extradition to Oregon. He was convicted in the San Francisco prostitution case after Compton testified against him.
Prosecutors described McClure as a ″wannabe″ Hells Angel, a hanger-on rather than a member.
The defense claimed McClure was framed by the gang to protect the real killer, and that the inmates testified to gain early release or better prison housing. However, prosecutors have said the inmates were not promised special treatment.
More than 75 witnesses testified during the seven-week trial, including members of the Hells Angels and the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang. Many were brought into the courtroom in leg irons, handcuffs and waist chains.