Two additional Twin Peaks bikers named in sealed indictments arrested

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Two more of the six bikers who were named in sealed indictments last week were arrested on charges of engaging in criminal activity Wednesday, unsealing the indictments.

Richard Dewayne Smith, 39, and Richard Clarence Lockhart, 46, were each arrested on a first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charge for their alleged role in the May 17 biker shootout at Twin Peaks. Both men were subsquently released from custody by Wednesday afternoon after each posted a $250,000 surety bond.

Officials report that Smith is a member of the Bandidos motorcycle club and Lockhart is a member of the Compañeros motorcycle club — a support group of the Bandidos. Both men were in two of six sealed indictments that were returned by a McLennan County grand jury last week. The grand jury returned a total of 48 indictments last week, but sealed six for suspects who had not previously been arrested.

The same grand jury returned 106 indictments in November that charged bikers who were at Twin Peaks that day with engaging in organized criminal activity. The grand jury’s term was extended by 90 days in December to continue reviewing the Twin Peaks cases.

The grand jury’s term expires at the end of March.

The Tribune-Herald previously reported that a grand jury has yet to review actions of police on the day of the shootout, although Waco police have acknowleged that three officers fired a total of 12 shots.

Nine bikers were killed and more than two dozen were wounded during the melee before a total of 177 bikers were arrested that day. It remains unclear if District Attorney Abel Reyna’s office will pursue charges against those bikers who were arrested but are yet to be indicted.

James Byron Hardin, 38, who officials say is president of the Brazos Valley chapter of the Amigos motorcycle group, was the first of the six sealed indictments that were released after his arrest on Tuesday. Hardin was also released after posting bond on Tuesday.

Engaging in organized criminal activity is a first-degree felony punishable by a minimum of 15 years in prison and up to life.

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