Two members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club are now behind bars in the Minnehaha County Jail.
Chad Wilson and John Midmore are charged with attempted murder, conspiracy and weapons violations for allegedly starting a shootout at the Custer State Park in 2006.
The two Hells Angels club members are charged with starting a shootout that injured six members of a rival motorcycle gang, the Outlaws. Earlier this week, a Rapid City judge granted a request to move the trial to Sioux Falls, and that means security has been stepped up at the Minnehaha County Jail.
The Minnehaha County Jail holds suspected and convicted criminals. But when two members of the Hells Angels moved in this week, the jail staff took note.
“It is kind of unusual to have such a high profile case," Minnehaha County jail warden Tim Devlin said. "This type of case...there's a lot of interest and notoriety around the people involved."
Because of that, the jail isn't taking any risks when it comes to security. Both Wilson and Midmore are being held in a maximum security area, but have not been segregated from others.
"We anticipate that they'll probably remain in their current housing situations here in the jail until their legal process here is finished,” Devlin said.
Devlin can't release the specifics of security measures, but says additional steps will also be taken when their trial approaches and gets underway. He anticipates the jail will receive help from other local, state and federal agencies, including U.S. Marshals.
"We'll gain their expertise and knowledge on how to provide adequate security," Devlin said.
With that help, in addition to what's been learned in previous high profile cases, the jail's staff and sheriff's office hopes everyone will be safe through the conclusion of the trial.
That trial is set to begin Nov. 3. It was moved from Custer County because the defense said pretrial publicity made it impossible to get a fair trial there. The prosecution didn't oppose the move, citing logistical and safety concerns at the Custer County Courthouse.