Former Waco Twin Peaks restaurant general manager testifies on day 8 of trial

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The former general manager of the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant testified on day 8 of the first trial of the Twin Peaks shootout. 

Christopher Jacob Carrizal who is the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos was indicted on charges of directing activities of a criminal street gang and engaging in organized criminal activity. Nine people died and dozens were injured.

Former Waco Twin Peaks GM Brad Doan said his restaurant started having bike nights on 2014. He recalls members of the Boozefighters being the majority of their clients on those special events.

Doan said he never had any issues with those bikers or Cossacks during those bike nights.

Prosecutor Amanda Dillon asked Doan whether at any point his restaurant decided to stop bike nights. Doan replied no and added that was a decision made by the owner.

"We did have the discussion of backing the bike nights off after that conversation I had at the end of April and there were no more conversations after that," Doan said.

The former Waco Twin Peaks GM said Sandra Lynch, a member of the biker group Los Pirados and a regular patron, asked him if they could host a Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting on May 17, 2015. He added, she said it would be a meeting to discuss legislation for bikers rights. He said he was never told that it was for a specific biker group.

According to Doan, Lynch requested reserving a portion of the restaurant but he told them they could have a patio area and parking lot for the up to 300 motorcyclists expected to attend.

He recalls Lynch met her outside at 9 a.m. on May 17, 2015 and started setting up cones in the parking lot for the attendees of the meeting.

"I met her outside. She expressed, she appreciated us having this event out there. It's really going to show the community what they are doing," Doan said.

He said he was never made aware the Cossacks were not part of the COCI or asked to tell Cossacks to leave.

He recounted seeing at least 50 to 60 Cossacks arriving at 11 a.m. and later he saw red and gold groups, which are the colors of the Bandidos.

He said the bikers wearing red and gold were outside and some walked through the patio while the Cossacks were present. He adds there were no issues between the Cossacks and the bikers wearing red and gold at the beginning.

However, Doan who was in the bar area said he realized something was wrong when he looked at the sidewalk facing patio.

"I saw a bunch of Cossack's shoulder to shoulder, backs facing toward the inside of the restaurant," Doan said.

He said he called 911.

"As it was ringing, I heard a couple of pops and then multiple rounds of fire after that," Doan.

He said he told every employee to stay inside and to hide in coolers.

The prosecution also showed surveillance video from the patio before and during the shootout.

Doan's testimony is expected to continue Friday afternoon.

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