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APNewsBreak: Witness says he lied about casino gang killing

  • FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2016, file photo, motorcyclists drive pass in front of the Washoe County Courthouse downtown Reno, Nev. marking the fifth anniversary of a deadly shootout at a casino in neighboring Sparks between the Hells Angels and Vagos gang in 2011. Gary Rudnick, the star witness who helped convict the triggerman, Ernesto Gonzalez, who killed a high-ranking Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 said he was lying when he testified that the shooting was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Gonzalez is scheduled to be tried again in August 2017 after his conviction was tossed on a technicality. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2016, file photo, motorcyclists drive pass in front of the Washoe County Courthouse downtown Reno, Nev. marking the fifth anniversary of a deadly shootout at a casino in neighboring Sparks between the Hells Angels and Vagos gang in 2011. Gary Rudnick, the star witness who helped convict the triggerman, Ernesto Gonzalez, who killed a high-ranking Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 said he was lying when he testified that the shooting was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Gonzalez is scheduled to be tried again in August 2017 after his conviction was tossed on a technicality. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2011, file photo, Vagos motorcycle gang member Ernesto Gonzalez is led from district court in Reno, Nev., after pleading guilty in the shooting death of Hells Angels member Jeffrey Pettigrew. Gary Rudnick, the star witness who helped convict the triggerman, Gonzalez, who killed a high-ranking Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 said he was lying when he testified that the shooting was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Gonzalez is scheduled to be tried again in August 2017 after his conviction was tossed on a technicality. (David B.Parker/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2011, file photo, Vagos motorcycle gang member Ernesto Gonzalez is led from district court in Reno, Nev., after pleading guilty in the shooting death of Hells Angels member Jeffrey Pettigrew. Gary Rudnick, the star witness who helped convict the triggerman, Gonzalez, who killed a high-ranking Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 said he was lying when he testified that the shooting was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Gonzalez is scheduled to be tried again in August 2017 after his conviction was tossed on a technicality. (David B.Parker/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2011, file photo murder defendant Gary Rudnick enters the courtroom in Washoe District Court in Reno, Nev. Rudnick, the star witness who helped convict the triggerman, Ernesto Gonzalez, who killed a high-ranking Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 said he was lying when he testified that the shooting was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. (Marilyn Newton/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2011, file photo murder defendant Gary Rudnick enters the courtroom in Washoe District Court in Reno, Nev. Rudnick, the star witness who helped convict the triggerman, Ernesto Gonzalez, who killed a high-ranking Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 said he was lying when he testified that the shooting was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. (Marilyn Newton/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

The star witness who helped convict the man who shot and killed a Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 has recanted his testimony.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show Gary "Jabbers" Rudnick says he was lying when he testified that the slaying was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang.

Prosecutors think the recantation is a lie. But it could make it more difficult to get another murder conviction against Ernesto Gonzalez, a former Vagos gang leader.

He's scheduled to be tried again in August after his conviction was tossed on a technicality.

Legal scholars say it's hard to predict jurors' reaction to recanted testimony, but it raises questions about the claims of those who make deals with prosecutors to take the stand in exchange for more lenient sentences.