ST. GEORGE – Three men proceed to trial after appearing for their preliminary hearings Monday on charges stemming from an alleged riot and stabbing at the One and Only Watering Hole, or bar, in St. George last August.
After what Washington County Deputy District Attorney Bryan Wheat characterized as a violent altercation in August 2014 at the One and Only bar, 64 N. 800 East in St. George, 11 men and one woman were arrested. Five of those arrested have had their charges dismissed, while seven continue through the legal process.
Ramsey Joseph Campos, of St. George, Zachary Ross Humphries, of Washington City, and David Delmar Mangold III, also of Washington City, appeared in 5th District Court Monday for their preliminary hearings on the riot charges.
They also faced the man who was injured in the fight. The man described a “tidal wave” of men who poured out of the bar, but said he did not know who stabbed him.
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During the hearing, prosecuting attorney Wheat referred frequently to a witness statement submitted by Heather Sheppick and other eyewitness accounts that placed the men at the scene.
The defense said there is a lack of evidence showing Campos, Humphries or Mangold actually participated in the altercation.
Wheat, however, said that’s not relevant.
“We’re not here to prove who hit who. We’re here, we’re here to prove that they caused the riot,” Wheat said. The three men were charged with riot, not assault, he said, and it isn’t necessary to prove if they struck anyone.
Humphries has admitted, Wheat said, to being the person who went inside the bar and came back out with several motorcycle club members immediately prior to the brawl erupting.
Ultimately, District Judge Jeffrey Wilcox bound all three men over for trial, and set their arraignment for May 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Some of the men accused of being involved in the riot are alleged to be members of two motorcycle gangs that engage in criminal activity, the Eastside Motorcycle Club and the Brothers of Legion. These men, and their lawyers, have denied the characterization, saying they simply belong to area motorcycle clubs and that the clubs are not gangs.
According to court documents, Campos is believed by police to hold the rank of secretary in the St. George, Utah, chapter of the Brothers of Legion; Mangold and Humphries hold the rank of “member” for the Washington County, Utah, chapter of the Eastside Motorcycle Club.
Originally 12 people were arrested in connection with the August 2014 riot and stabbing incident.
In addition to Campos, Humphries, and Mangold, the others initially arrested and charged with felony riot included Zachery Robert Babcock, Austin Wesley Sharp, Scott Wells Jr., Steven Perry Neal, John Thomas Benyo, Chase Edward Smith, David Davenport, Heather Sheppick and Brent Taylor.
Davenport, Benyo and Wells have had their preliminary hearings and been bound over for trial. Benyo pleaded not guilty to the riot charge at his arraignment and has a trial date set for May. Davenport and Wells have not yet been arraigned.
Babcock originally had a preliminary hearing scheduled in February that was continued to Wednesday.
The remainder have had the felony riot charges against them dismissed.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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