CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WBOY) — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals upheld a ruling from lower court that led to the murder conviction of James Vincent, the former president of a local Pagan Motorcycle Club chapter.
According to the Supreme Court (WVSCA) decision filed Tuesday, Vincent was sentenced to life in prison for the 2018 murder of Luka Grabb as well as conspiracy and malicious assault after he was found guilty in March 2021.
At a party at his home, Vincent shot Grabb four times after finding out that the victim had plans to rob him, according to court documents. Other men kicked Grabb and left him on the side of the road, where he bled to death.
Before his trial, Vincent filed a “Motion in Limine to Exclude Gang Related Evidence” to exclude his affiliation with the Pagans in court, but it was denied in circuit court. Vincent appealed to the WVSCA, claiming that his position in the Pagan Motorcycle Club was used against him in trial when it should not have been.
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