Defense lawyer says most Twin Peaks cases could be dismissed

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Houston-area lawyer who appeared on a speedy trial motion in 19th District Court on Friday said an Assistant prosecutor told him she would recommend dropping about 90 of the remaining Twin Peaks cases.

Paul Looney, who represents former Cossack motorcycle club member Phillip White of Eddy, said Assistant District Attorney Amanda Dillion said during the hearings on Friday that she would gather a list of some 90 of the remaining 130-or-so cases still open in the Twin Peaks issue and recommend to District Attorney Abel Reyna that they be dismissed.

That would leave 25 to 35 cases still to be dealt with.

Looney appeared on the speedy trial motion and during a series of hearings before 19th District Judge Ralph Strother Friday afternoon he was given the first trial setting among those discussed.

“We anticipate asking for the earliest trial date possible – perhaps as early as July,” Looney said.

Other indicted bikers who appeared on the motions Friday included John Arnold, Ronnie Bishop, James Coffey, Nathan Champeau, Michael Chaney, Stephen Dudley, James Ensey, William Flowers, Lance Geneva, Bryan Harper, Edgar Kelleher, Michael Lines and Terry Martin.

Also Billy Mcree, Paul Miller, John Maya, Ray Nelson, Melvin Pattenaude, Owen Reeves, Robert Robertson, George Rogers, Christian Valencia, Mark White, Phillip White, Jake Wilson and John Wilson.

Looney said Strother set trials on several cases and set backups for those in the event the primary trial doesn’t actually proceed.

“The judge said he thinks it is about time we got this taken care of,” Looney said.

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