Defense begins case in Twin Peaks Biker Shootout Trial

(video)--WACO - Another emotional day in the trial of Dallas Bandido leader Jake Carrizal wrapped up Monday as the defense began it's case. Carrizal is facing charges of engaging in criminal activity and directing activities of a street gang for his alleged involvement in the 2015 Twin Peaks Biker shootout that left nine people dead.

The defense kicked things off by asking for Carrizal's charges to be dropped, saying the state was withholding evidence. That request was denied by the judge, the defense however fired back calling the state unethical and criminal. There was then a 45 minute recess following that argument to allow the defense to review new materials.

Following that we heard from several witnesses, including undercover Waco PD detective Jeff Rogers. Rogers
responded to the shooting that day and described it as chaotic saying he wasn't expecting a shootout.

Next we heard from John Bridgeman, a member of Soldiers for Jesus motorcycle club who wore a prayer patch for the Bandidos. When the state asked if the patch meant Bridgeman was in support of the Bandidos Bridgeman said no, and that it only showed he was praying from them. Bridgeman went on to say he prays for everybody, and also claimed he stopped wearing the 'Pray for Bandidos' patch claiming it became a status symbol.

Later in the day we heard from Yvonne Reeves the mother of a biker who was killed at Twin Peaks during the shootout. She gave very emotional testimony often crying and having to take time to collect herself. She says she was supposed to be at Twin Peaks for the biker meeting that day but was running late. Reeves husband Owen however who was a member of the Cossacks at the time was at Twin Peaks that day as well as their son Richard. Reeves says her husband called her during the incident to explain what happened.

"My husband called me, he called me in the parking lot and told me a Bandido shot my son and that's all he said," Reeves said through tears on the stand.

She went on to say her husband Owen was beat up during the shootout and rushed to the hospital.
She also says Owen was a member of the Aryan circle while he was in prison, and claims he is no longer affiliated with the Cossacks.

Court will resume Tuesday morning at 9 am.

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