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Bikers charged in Manteca man's death set to appear in court

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POSTED July 24, 2013 2:32 p.m.

Daniel Martinez was only 26 years old when he was gunned down in an unincorporated area just outside of Manteca.

And a pair of bikers believed to be associated with the Hells Angels will appear in court next month to answer to charges that they murdered him in August of 2011.

Brandon James Gann, 32, and David John Splan, 43, are set to appear before Judge Seth Hoyt on Aug. 26. Both are currently being held at the San Joaquin County Jail. Bail amounts for both are set in excess of $4.7 million.

According to witnesses, Martinez was waiting with another man on Ideal Parkway – located off State Route 120 just east of Manteca – on motorcycles when a white SUV with two men pulled into the parking lot.

Without warning, the vehicle reportedly rammed one of the motorcycles and the two men inside jumped out and started brawling with Martinez and his counterpart – both of whom, authorities believe, were members of the Most Envied Motorcycle Club.

At one point during the fight one of the two men from the SUV went back to the car, grabbed a handgun and started firing. Martinez was struck several times and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other man, who was struck in the upper body, underwent surgery and ultimately survived.

Martinez grew up in Manteca, and attended local schools.

The reason for the altercation and shooting hasn't been disclosed by investigators.

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