RENO, Nev. – 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.