Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Guilty Verdict in Motorcycle Club Murder Trial

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 14, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659
 


Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the guilty verdict for a Taylor County man charged with complicity to murder.  Following its guilty verdict last week, a Warren County Circuit Court jury recommended 30-year-old William Robert “Bobby” Rigdon, a member of the Frankfort chapter of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club, serve 38 years in prison for the murder of Wendell “Gleason” Pyles.

On October 3, 2012, Kentucky State Police arrested Rigdon following an investigation into the death of Mr. Pyles, who was shot and killed in September of 2012 while working at Tarter Gate Company in Dunnville, Ky. Prosecutors argued that Pyles was shot by Rigdon because of an order to do so from the Iron Horseman chapter president David Salyers.  David Salyers was tried in January of 2014 for the murder of Pyles.  Salyers was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison. 

“I want to commend my Office of Special Prosecutions for its handling of these cases, and I appreciate the jury’s careful consideration on these matters,” General Conway said. “Our thoughts, as always, are with the victim’s family in this case.”

For a photo of Rigdon, please visit: https://goo.gl/28NUqL

In early March, the trial was moved to Warren County by Casey Circuit Judge Judy Vance because of extensive pretrial publicity in Casey County.  General Conway’s Office of Special Prosecutions handled the prosecution of both Salyers and Rigdon at the request of the Casey County Commonwealth’s Attorney.  Formal sentencing for Rigdon is scheduled for November 6, 2015 in Casey County Circuit Court.