Daily Archives: September 21, 2010

Court case progresses in alleged ‘Juggalo’ attack

A jury is expected to be selected this week for the trial of two young men (juggalos) charged with beating Noel Lopez to death in the 900 block of Seventh Avenue, according to prosecutors.

Lopez died April 14, 2008 — a result of an intense beating that caused injuries to the 25-year-old’s brain and caused a fractured rib to pierce a lung, according to court documents.

Steven D. Bauder, 25, and Marcus D. Dennis, 22, have been charged with first-degree murder.

Bauder is a “Juggalo” — a follower of the hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse — and “referred to himself as an ‘enforcer’ and ‘protector’ of kids on the street,” Detective Russ Weklych wrote in a probable cause document.

Court documents state Bauder has a tattoo of a running hatchet man, meaning he is a fan and follower of the Insane Clown Posse and their label, Psychopathic Records.

After Lopez wrestled the men in separate matches at Freeway Park, they went to get beer and walked to a Seventh Avenue construction site, police say.

Bauder allegedly said that Lopez lunged at him first while they were at the site.

“Bauder gave a detailed videotaped statement where he admitted to the attack on the victim … but attempted to minimize his involvement in the attack,” Weklych wrote.

Dennis allegedly told police that Bauder took Lopez to the construction site to talk about what he was doing with girls on the street. A 15-year-old friend of Dennis — a girl he described as his street sister — had complained to him about Lopez’s behavior, according to court documents.

Court documents state the beating that killed Lopez lasted hours, despite his pleas to stop.

Two days after Lopez’s body was found by workers at the construction site, a 23-year-old man came to police saying he heard the attackers bragging and laughing about the beating at a Seattle youth homeless shelter.

Police arrested Bauder without incident in Federal Way the following week. Dennis, whose only previous Washington case is a theft charge in Seattle Municipal Court, was arrested on Fourth Avenue.

Opening statements in the case are expected later this month.

Icp Bows down to Method Man

But wont apologize to tila

Violent J tells the Village Voice he apologized to Method Man “because one asshole made the Juggalos look bad.”

The Insane Clown Posse can’t quite figure out why Vanilla Ice and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony get great crowd responses during their Gathering of the Juggalos events while Too Short and Method Man get booed and sometimes even assaulted.

“It’s hit or miss,” Violent J told Camille Dodero of the Village Voice. “Some artists go up there and seem to not have a clue [about Juggalos]. And that insults Juggalos, I think! When they’re at their own festival and the artists don’t have a clue.”

ICP said that, by and large, Juggalos were awesome, but one person showed a decidedly different side when he threw a beer can at Method Man and almost knocked the rapper unconscious during an August performance. The assault resulted in a bloody gash on Method Man’s face and possible legal action.

“I said, ‘I’m sorry we didn’t come over and give you a quick briefing on what’s up,'” Violent J explained. “But we really honestly assumed they knew and they didn’t — and that’s unfortunate because one asshole made the Juggalos look bad. [Method Man] told me it almost knocked him unconscious it hit him so hard. And that’s fucked. I don’t want him to think that’s all Juggalos. We all didn’t throw that.”

An explanation of the Juggalo’s assault on Tila Tequila, and how Psychopathic Records lost roughly $15,000 during this year’s Gathering, are available in the full Village Voice interview.

Juggalo – Trial date delayed in construction site murder case

Opening statements have been delayed in the trial for two men accused of beating another man to death at a Seattle construction site more than two years ago, according to a Law Clerk for King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer.

The decision was made at a scheduling conference for Steven Douglas Bauder, 22, of Federal Way, and Marcus David Dennis, 20, a transient from Crescent, Iowa,who have both been charged with first-degree murder.

Pre-trial motions are expected to begin on September 20 before Judge Shaffer at the King County Courthouse, courtroom W-829.

Opening statements are expected on September 27, according to the King County Prosecutor’s web site.
The conferences in the coming days will help the judge sort out further scheduling, pre-trial motions and hopefully a date for opening statements, said Dan Donohoe, press secretary for the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Bauder and Dennis are accused beating of Noel Richard Lopez, 25, originally from Odessa, Texas, to death with “several broken … two by fours, large metal construction supports called prop heads, a wooden support, a metal bar and a metal ratchet type tool,” according to charging documents obtained by The Examiner.

The King County Medical Examiner autopsy revealed that Lopez had “suffered several deep lacerations from blunt force trauma to his face and head,” charging documents said.

“The left side of his torso was covered in bruises, and he had fractured ribs on both sides of his body,” charging documents state. “One of the fractured ribs had pierced one of his lungs. His death, which was caused by the injuries to his brain and lung, was ruled a homicide.”

Bauder and Dennis both told investigators that they were enraged over reports that Lopez had been harassing a 15-year-old girl named M.C., said court documents said; they claimed they were mad because Lopez allegedly wanted to sleep with her.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Bauder and Dennis could face a standard sentencing range of 20 to 26 years in prison, according to Donohoe.

The trial is expected to last up to seven weeks.

The defendants remain in jail on $1 million bail, as requested by Cheryl Snow, the Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney handling the case.

Defense Counsel is Julie Gaisford and Peter Geisness.

When asked about a tattoo on his arm, Bauder said it meant that he was a “Juggalo” meaning he was a fan and follower of the rap duo “Insane Clown Posse”