TAMPA — The day after they allegedly assassinated the leader of a rival motorcycle gang, Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher turned to a buddy for help.
They called fellow 69’ers Motorcycle Club member Sean “Phelps” Leonard.
“This is not a good situation, brother,” Mencher told Leonard over the phone on Dec. 22, 2017.
It was worse than even Mencher knew. For unbeknownst to the two men, Leonard was a confidential informant secretly recording their conversations for federal agents.
Cosimano, 31, and Mencher, 52, both made several calls to Leonard less than 12 hours after the execution of Paul Anderson, the 44-year-old president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.
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Those audio recordings were played for a federal jury on Tuesday, as the pair’s murder trial continued into its second week.
Leonard, 34, was called to the witness stand by the state, sitting just a few feet from his former comrades.
Prosecutors accuse Cosimano and Mencher of riding their motorcycles and tracking Anderson’s pick-up truck as he drove north on the Suncoast Parkway into Pasco County on Dec. 21, 2017.
They were armed, prosecutors said, and wore masks to hide their faces.
The two were out for revenge, the state alleges. Anderson and a group of Outlaws had previously beaten up Leonard and another 69’ers member at the Local Brewing Company restaurant in Palm Harbor.
When Anderson took an exi