Grand jury murder indictment for 2 Hells Angels

A criminal grand jury has returned a murder indictment for two members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in connection with the 2011 murder of 26-year-old Danny Martinez.

Brandon Gann, 31, and David Splan, 42, were arrested Thursday, and booked into San Joaquin County Jail.

Prosecutors had moved forward with the grand jury investigation prior to their arrest, and jurors had already returned the indictment Dec. 21. 

It means the defendants will not have a preliminary hearing in which a judge would have decided whether there is enough evidence to send Gann and Splan to trial.

Martinez, a member of Modesto’s Most Envied Motorcycle Club, was shot and killed at his brother’s business, an auto shop in the 17000 block of Ideal Parkway in an unincorporated area of Manteca on Aug. 15, 2011.

The shop owner, Isaac Martinez, was injured but survived the shooting.

The incident was an apparent act of retaliation investigators have said.

Gann and Splan are scheduled to be formally arraigned on murder, weapons and gang charges Jan. 11.

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