Undercover ATF agent testifies in second day of first Twin Peaks trial

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An undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms or explosives is the second witness to take the stand in the first trial of a biker indicted in the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout on Thursday.

Christopher Jacob Carrizal, president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, was indicted on one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activities for the shooting that took place more than two years ago outside of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Nine bikers died and dozens were injured.

An ATF agent who said he has 30 years of experience with outlaw motorcycle gangs after infiltrating three of them stated the Bandidos is the largest outlaw motorcycle gang in the U.S. and is the dominant group in Texas.

He mentioned territory and their control is very important to the outlaw motorcycle gangs. He said the patch and the gang are priorities to members.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said during opening testimony, the Twin Peaks shootout resulted from a conflict between the Bandidos and Cossacks that had been brewing for over a year. He said the Cossacks did not ask for permission from the Bandidos to exist and harassed members or supporters of the Bandidos.

He added they also started wearing a Texas bottom rocker without the permission of the Bandidos.

Carrizal could face up to life in prison for those charges.

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