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Continued: Vagos member testifies about beating in motorcycle gang melee at Nevada casino

  • Article by: SCOTT SONNER , Associated Press Writer
  • Last update: July 30, 2013 - 3:05 PM

Wiggins denied suggestions by Washoe County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karl Hall that he was leading a pack of Vagos chasing another Hells Angel when he was pushed to the ground.

"I'm too fat and old to chase people," the stocky longtime construction worker, who appeared to be middle-aged, said. "I've got bad knees, a bad hip and a bad back."

At one point, Wiggins said Hall had asked him the same question five times.

"Are you trying to get a rise out of me?" he asked.

"I'm trying to get the truth out of you," Hall answered.

Wiggins replied, "I told you the truth."

Later, over the objections of the defense, Judge Connie Steinheimer granted Hall's request to treat Wiggins as a "hostile" witness, placing more stringent restrictions on the way defense counsel could cross examine him.

Out of the presence of the jury, Hall said Wiggins "obviously was trying to be deceptive," had rehearsed his testimony with his legal counsel, was "clearly biased" in favor of Gonzalez and is "at the heart of their defense."

Steinheimer agreed Wiggins was "not forthcoming" during much of his testimony.

The trial is expected to continue into next week.

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