Third man arrested in North Charleston Cycle Gear shootings a churchgoing, charitable motorcycle club member, family says

Derryl Gadson, 49, was arrested Monday, July 8, 2013, in connection with a fatal brawl outside a North Charleston bike-gear shop last month. Al Cannon Detention Center photo

Bail was set at $500,000 during a hearing this morning for the third man arrested in connection with the triple homicide last month outside a North Charleston motorcycle equipment shop.

Derryl Domonic Gadson, 49, of Middleburry Lane in West Ashley’s Shadowmoss area was jailed Monday on a charge of second-degree assault and battery by mob.

Gadson was the third person arrested after three men were shot to death June 29 outside Cycle Gear on Dorchester Road.

Investigators called it a clash between two motorcycle clubs.

An arrest affidavit stated that members of the Wheels of Soul Motorcycle Club, including Gadson, followed two members of the Real Kings Motorcycle Club into the shop. The Real Kings members were there to buy something, the document stated.

When the Real Kings duo declined to follow commands from the “rival” club to go outside, where 15 other motorcyclists were waiting, the affidavit stated that Gadson and three others started punching and using blunt objects, including a “paddle stick,” to hit one of the men over the head.

The alleged victim eventually fell and lost consciousness.

During the bond hearing today, Gadson’s sister, Beverly Gadson Birch, told Magistrate Linda Lombard that Gadson is a good, churchgoing, charitable family man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She added that he has worked diligently at State Farm Insurance for 19 years.

“Derryl has never, ever been in any trouble,” said Birch, who stood next to Gadson’s twin brother, who said nothing.

He belongs to the Band of Brothers Motorcycle Club, she said, not the Wheels of Soul club that the police said was involved in the shooting. Birch said the two clubs might be friendly, but they are not the same. The Band of Brothers, she said, is a “community-oriented group.”

Gadson helped found the club, she added.

“They have done community service,” including work for Habitat for Humanity, she said. “They help raise money for scholarships. ... They’re not renegade. Their club is not bad in any shape.”

Gadson’s wife, Theresa Gadson, said she has been married for 26 years -- “you really don’t see that nowadays,” she said -- and have two children, including one that will be a freshman in college this year and a daughter who recently graduated from college.

“That’s a lot of college,” Lombard remarked as the woman started to cry.

“This is not of my husband,” Theresa Gadson said of the brawl that led to the shootings. “It just seems that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

She said that her husband had been wrongly associated with the men fighting just because he was standing nearby.

“My husband is a wonderful husband,” she said. “I love him dearly.”

But Lombard said “that’s why we have trials” and refused to budge on Derryl Gadson’s $500,000 bail amount.

He was the third man Lombard has seen in connection with the incident in which Theodore Waymyers Jr., 36, of Summerville and Maurice Horry, 41, and Carlos Davis, 39, both of Columbia, all were fatally shot.

Two arrests were made the day after the shootings.

Ronald Reid, 43, of Summerville faces a murder charge in Horry’s death, though family members have said he fired in self-defense.

Barry Stinson, 32, of Charlotte faces a count of second-degree lynching by mob.

The North Charleston Police Department still has not detailed their roles in the episode or discussed what started it.



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