(BAY MINETTE, Ala.) - The six suspects facing charges related to the death of a motorcycle gang member were in court Thursday.
Adam Mayton and Fred Weiss are charged with the murder of Samuel Dixson, a fellow Devils Diciples. Four others are also charged. Dixson's body was found near Styx River back in September.
Attorneys heard preliminary evidence in the case. Thursday, the judge decided the case should be handed over to a grand jury.
Investigators say while one man pulled the trigger, the other is equally responsible.
"Only one person pulls the trigger so this is not unusual at all for multiple people to commit a crime and yet there only be one trigger person. This is a common senerio that we face," said District Attorney Hallie Dixon.
The four others are charged with hindering prosecution. All the accused are either members of the Devils Diciples motorcycle gang or associated with the gang. The secretive gang is known for committing violent acts in other cities.
"And we are actively combating these motorcycle gangs. Baldwin County is not a place for these motorcycle gangs to be," said Sheriff's investigator Eric Winberg.
"The whole dynamic has made the investigation very difficult. It's added a different level as well as geographically there's Tuscaloosa but you are talking people from Michigan and people from all over the country," said Dixon.
It's a complicated and disturbing case say prosecutors and Thursday, defense attorneys weighed in claming a lack of evidence. Adam Mayton's attorney says his client may have witnessed the murder but did not kill Samuel Dixson.
"There's two people that say Mr. Weiss pulled the trigger, and the only evidence we heard is that my client was in the room. Mr. Weiss shot the victim and they are charging my client with murder for being in a room where a murder occurred," said attorney Pascal Bruijn.
Investigators spoke of the gang's hierarchy and how gang members are bound to secrecy making it difficult to get members to tell on each other. Prosecutors say they will press on.