News Item: Ex-Bandido Who Killed SA Boxing Legend Breaks His Silence
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Posted by MJF
Friday 17 October 2008 - 16:12:18


SAN ANTONIO - It was brutal murder that shocked our city. A local boxing legend, Robert Quiroga, stabbed to death by a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club in August of 2004. Now, for the first time, the man who committed the crime is talking about what happened to News 4 Trouble Shooter Brian Collister.

Former Bandido Ricky Merla is a stone-cold killer. Now he's breaking his silence about murdering Robert Quiroga and how, he says, the Bandidos turned their backs on him.

"I don't regret it. I don't have no remorse. I don't feel sorry for him and his family. I don't and I mean that," Ricky Merla admits.

Merla candidly talked about the night he killed boxing legend Robert Quiroga. He's never spoken publicly about what happened four years ago. But from prison in Gatesville, Merla claims he was only defending himself when he and Quiroga got into an argument at a friends house.

"I'm wild; I ain't gonna lie. But I don't go around killing people and hurting people because I can," Merla said. "You got to give me a reason. And Robert Quiroga gave me a reason. He attacked me when he should have just left."

Merla says Quiroga came at him first. That's when he overpowered the boxer, grabbed the knife out of his hand and used it to stab him seventeen times.

But it's what happened after the murder that set Merla off.

Within a week of Quiroga's murder, John Portillo, a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club spoke with News 4.

"This was not an action of our club," Portillo said back in 2004. "We do not condone this. This was the act of a coward who is no longer a member of this motorcycle club."

Ricky Merla was not happy about those comments. In fact, he was fuming.

"I am a natural born outlaw, O.K., I can't defend myself? That night somebody's trying to harm me and I can't defend myself? So I committed a murder? So, he kicks me out," Merla asked. "I'm an outlaw. What's the definition of an outlaw? I'm a true outlaw. I'm not like those guys running around over there right now, man."

Merla thinks the Bandidos are no longer the outlaws he joined. He says he saw a story aired by News 4 a few months ago where the Bandidos claimed they were misunderstood and not a group of criminals on bikes. Merla tells us, they're just trying to clean up their image. The truth, according to Merla is, the motorcycle club is a front for crime.

The convicted murdered told us, "I'm not gonna sit here and say, that we practiced organized crime. But I'll sit here and say this -- half of the Bandido Nation is involved in some kind of crime or another, trying to make a living. You know what I'm saying?"

Merla also insists it was a club leader who ordered him to murder Roberto Lara in 2001, in retaliation for the shooting of a fellow Bandido.

Again, a spokesperson for the motorcycle club flatly denies it all.

"We are not a criminal organization," Portillo said in an interview earlier this year.

As the interview came to an end, Merla admitted, his only regret was joining the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

The Bandidos declined to comment about Merla's recent interview with News 4.

Robert Quiroga's brother also spoke with Brian Collister, saying, "Merla is a lost soul, a coward and where he belongs."

Ricky Merla will spend the next 40 years in jail.

This news item is from White Trash Networks
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