SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The Hells Angels member accused of killing a fellow member at a San Jose funeral last year was arraigned on Wednesday without entering a plea.

38-year-old Steve Ruiz , who said little but did answer yes to a judge’s question, is suspected of killing Hells Angels member Steve Tausan at Oak Hill Cemetery on October 15.

Ruiz’ attorney John Fuery said he intends to ask for a gag order in the case.

“We don’t want to spoil the jury pool by negative publicity. That’s all,” said Fuery. “He’s entitled to a fair trial and the only way he’s going to get that is with jurors who have not made their minds up before they come to court.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Fuery said his client remains fairly calm and understands the situation he is in.

Ruiz, a former NUMMI employee, was arrested at a Fremont motel this past weekend following a four hour manhunt. Authorities had been looking for him since the funeral for Jeff “Jethro” Pettigrew at Oak Hill Cemetery in October. Pettigrew was killed in a Nevada casino in September.

His next court date is scheduled for March 15 when he is scheduled to enter a plea. In the meantime, he has been ordered held without bail.

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Comments (5)
  1. Dale N says:

    may true justice happen.

    R.I.P. Jethro and Steve

  2. montana mike says:

    How the hell did he get out of that funeral alive ?

  3. USA hells angels are cowards and punks made famous in the USA for crimes against women and children year after year for decades.

    You shoot one hells angels the flock flys away and lets the police stand up to men . USA hells angels can handle women and children with out the police but not men.

    1. angela says:

      Give it a break, TheFinalWord666. You called them cowards but here you are using a screen name to protect yourself. MEN in general are committing crimes against women and children for decades and still going. They don’t have to be part of a biker crew to do it.

      1. I am Mike Yevtuck God of the USa hells angels Dude . Look at you using a womens name your so scared of me LOL

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