The man accused of a killing inside the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was implicated by his girlfriend, who told investigators that she helped clean up after the shooting death of 48-year-old William Furlong, according to an Omaha homicide detective.
Tammy Cozad said Jay Witt killed his fellow club member after the two men got into an argument the night of July 14 inside the clubhouse, 4501 S. 27th Circle, Sgt. Rochair Jenkins testified Tuesday in Douglas County Court.
Based on Jenkins’ testimony, a judge ordered Witt to stand trial for second-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony. Witt, 47, is being held without bail in the Douglas County Correctional Center.
Cozad told detectives that in the early morning of the shooting, she had gone to bed in the clubhouse’s second-floor apartment. Witt awakened her, telling her he had gotten into a fight “with one of his bros and had to shoot him,” Jenkins said.
Furlong’s body was found on the first floor of the clubhouse between a couch and a bar, Jenkins said.
Witt and Cozad, police said, then cleaned up the clubhouse near the body and left. Cozad told police that the couple went to Harlan, Iowa.
Defense attorney Kelly Steenbock attempted to discredit Cozad by bringing up her alleged drug use. Jenkins said Cozad was not under the influence of drugs when he interviewed her at the Pottawattamie County Jail, where she was being held in an unrelated incident.
Witt was arrested Aug. 19 near 30th Street and Sorensen Parkway in Omaha by members of the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force.