JOLIET, IL — If a guest of the Joliet Outlaws suffered a heart attack inside the club at 1915 Washington St., nobody in the club would call for the police or the paramedics, testified Ed Jauch, a retired law enforcement agent and expert in motorcycle club subculture.
On Tuesday, attorney Chuck Bretz called Jauch to testify as a defense expert witness in the first-degree murder trial of Jeremy Boshears, a patched member of the Joliet Outlaws. While Boshears and Katie Kearns, 24, were alone in the club, around 2 a.m. Nov. 13, 2017, Kearns died from a gunshot wound.
Outside the jury’s presence on Tuesday, Colby O’Neal told the courtroom that Boshears told O’Neal and Jimmy McCoy, club president of Joliet Outlaws, that “she had shot herself.” Then, McCoy told O’Neal and Boshears “that you guys needed to clean it up,” O’Neal testified.
In the presence of the jury, Jauch testified he served as an undercover agent for several years, deputized by the FBI and U.S. Marshals, and is an expert in the motorcycle club subculture and in particular as to the Joliet Outlaws Motorcycle Club culture.
“I posed as a white supremacist and various things (involving) motorcycle club members,” Jauch told the jury.