BY ERIN TRACY
As part of an investigation last year by federal and local authorities into an alleged drug ring involving the Modesto Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, authorities developed new information in a 5-year-old homicide that led to an arrest.
But earlier this month, after a preliminary hearing had already begun, Deputy District Attorney Wendell Emerson dropped the murder case against Jeffrey Velthoen.
The FBI and the US Attorney’s office would not hand over evidence and witnesses essential to the prosecution of Velthoen, Emerson told Judge Linda McFadden on June 1, according to a transcript of the hearing.
“We did have significant meetings with the Federal Bureau, FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Emerson said in court. “They are not going to at this time make the evidence and witnesses available to us, both for the prosecution evidence that’s inculpatory as to the defendant and some Brady information about a second shooter. So our office based on that is going to move to dismiss the case.”
A spokeswoman from the US Attorney’s Office said officials on the case declined to comment.