The murder trial continues for Bryan Perry, a doctor who prosecutors said hit and killed a motorcyclist on I-35 in 2018. During the trial, a group of motorcyclists has been in court every day to show support and to honor the victim Nicholas Rappa and his family.
Rita Talbott and her husband never had the chance to meet Rappa, who was hit and killed while riding his motorcycle on I-35. Despite that, they’ve shown up every single day for the trial of Perry, the man accused of hitting and killing Rappa.
“Every motorcyclist this has been done to is our brother and sister,” Talbott said.
Talbott belongs to Abate of Oklahoma, a biker group that has made it its mission to show up to court cases where a motorcyclist has been hit and killed on the road.
“We will go anywhere in the state of Oklahoma. It doesn’t matter how far away, how large or small the town. We will be there,” Talbott said.
The goal is to show support for the family and honor their fellow biker.
“It could be anyone I know. It could have been me. It could have been any one of us,” Talbott said.
The group also wants to let the judicial system know that people care about the outcome of these trials.
“You can’t just keep running over our motorcyclist brothers and sisters and getting away with it and nothing happen,” Talbott said.
The group says another one of their goals is to promote biker safety. Perry’s trial goes into its second week starting Monday.