Jury selection for first Twin Peaks trial will continue for 2nd day

WACO, Texas (KWTX) The process of seating a jury for the first trial of a Twin Peaks shootout defendant will continue for a second day Wednesday.

About 150 prospective jurors reported Tuesday morning, and by late Tuesday afternoon the pool had been reduced to about 140 after prosecutors completed their examination of the panel.

Defense attorney Casie Gotro started her examination late Tuesday afternoon.

Her client, Christopher Jacob Carrizal, is the first of the more than 150 bikers indicted in the aftermath of the deadly shootout to go on trial.

He’s the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos motorcycle club.

He was originally indicted on Nov. 10, 2015 for engaging in organized criminal activity, but a new indictment in late June charges Carrizal with directing activities of a street gang, engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of murder and engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

As many as 450 witnesses could testify in the trial, which is expected to take about two weeks.

Security is tight at the McLennan County Courthouse.

Over the weekend workers placed barriers around the courthouse, annex and area parking lots.

Port-O-Johns and tents were also set up and a speed detector was placed in front of the courthouse in anticipation of heavier than usual downtown traffic.

The May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs at the Twin Peaks restaurant at the Central Texas Marketplace shopping center in Waco left nine bikers dead and more than 20 others injured.

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