Testimony kicks off in first Twin Peaks shootout trial

Lettie Jones, a former cook at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, knew something was going on when she turned around from her duties and she was alone in the kitchen.

She rushed to a patio window in time to hear a single burst of gunfire that she mistook for a firecracker before a flurry of shots shattered the otherwise calm Sunday afternoon of May 17, 2015.

Jones was the first prosecution witness Wednesday in the trial of Jacob Carrizal, the first to stand trial of the 154 bikers indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout that left nine dead and dozens injured.

Carrizal is on trial in Waco’s 54th State District Court on charges of directing the activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity. Security has been intensified dramatically for the trial.

Jones said she had been a cook at Twin Peaks for about two months and was accustomed to seeing biker groups gather at the restaurant.

She said at least 50 Cossacks wearing their black and gold colors were already on the patio when she arrived at 11 a.m. She said she had not seen that many gathered there before, adding she thought it was a bit unusual but knew there was supposed to be a biker event there that day.

When she discovered she was alone in the kitchen, she went out to ask someone what was happening, Jones said. She was told there was a fight outside and went to the patio to investigate.

“There were so many bikers on the patio, all I could see was yellow,” Jones said.

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