Biker charged in ‘execution-style’ murder in Campbell River gets bail


WATCH: The head of the notorious Devil’s Army Motorcycle Club in Campbell River is granted bail. Tess van Straaten reports.

It was near the one-way bridge to Sayward that a young father was found dead inside his car in March of 2016.

The grim discovery sparked one of the most extensive murder investigations in Vancouver Island history.

More than 200 officers have been involved in the case, looking into what police say was the targetted killing of 30-year-old John Dillon Brown, a mixed martial arts fighter and father of four.

The investigation led police to raid the Devil’s Army Motorcycle Club in Campbell River, which is affiliated with the Hell’s Angel, in August of 2017.

Last October, Devil’s Army president and founding member Richard Ernest Alexander was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

After a four-day bail hearing last month, Madam Justice Ker handed down her decision Thursday morning, granting bail to the 64-year-old.

“He’s grateful to be going home and looking forward to seeing his son,” Alexander’s lawyer Richard Neary said outside the Victoria Courthouse.” It was a long, hard-fought hearing, the judge carefully considered her decision and he’s grateful for it.”

More than 30 bail conditions for biker charged with ‘execution-style’ murder

Recognizance, in the amount of $600,000, was granted with a long list of conditions.

Richard Alexander must stay away from Vancouver Island, expect for court dates or meetings with his bail supervisor.

He must also surrender all of his travel documents and he’s prohibited from flying in his son’s Cessna 172 aircraft, or any other private aircraft.

Any travel outside of B.C. must be approved by Alexander’s bail supervisor and he’s not allowed to leave the country.

Alexander can’t have any contact with former Devil’s Army associates or other outlaw motorcycle clubs and must not wear any Devil’s Army or Hell’s Angels clothing.

He’ll also be under curfew at his lower mainland home from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. each day and has to surrender his phone for monthly RCMP checks.

A publication ban prevents media from reporting the reasons for the judge’s decision or the alleged motive for the killing.

A two-week preliminary inquiry is scheduled for September.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

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