Former Wrestler killed by convicted killer in a hit and run Motorcycle crash

Convicted Killer Is Denied Bail In Riverview Hit-And-Run
By Thomas W.  Krause of The Tampa Tribune


Published: August 31, 2007

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TAMPA – After a judge issued a temporary order to hold Harry Brian Taylor without bail Thursday, another judge today made that order permanent.

Harry Taylor

In a hearing at the Hillsborough County Courthouse, prosecutors told Circuit Judge Mark Wolfe that Taylor was a potential danger to the community and had gotten out of prison in 2001 after serving a prison sentence for second-degree murder.

Taylor, 37, had served 12 years of a 40-year sentence.

Based on the prison record and the allegations that Taylor left the scene of an accident where someone had died Wednesday morning, Wolfe declined to set bail. Taylor will remain in jail until his trial.

Deputies say John Michael Meek, 52, died after his Harley-Davidson motorcycle was hit from behind by Taylor, who was driving a van. The two had been to the same Riverview bar.

Meek wrestled professionally under the name Iron Mike. His friends called him Uncle Ugly.

Meek’s friends and relatives will take one last ride with him, his ex-wife Teresa Meek Myers said.

At noon Sept. 8, the group will gather on motorcycles in the parking lot of Captain Jack’s Restaurant Club, 9409 U.S. 301 in Riverview.

From there, they will carry his ashes to Williams Park on U.S. 41, south of Riverview Drive, where they will release the ashes into the Alafia River, Myers said.

Afterward, the group will ride to Meek’s favorite hangout, the Beer Shed, at 11208 McMullen Loop in Riverview.