Fri
10
Nov

Lexington Hells Angel hired a pal to kill ex-wife for 401(k) money, FBI says

COLUMBIA, SC

Jerry Oliver needed money. Debts were piling up.

So Oliver, 52, hired a friend to kill his ex-wife to make sure that she did not get some of his 401(k) retirement money. He gave his friend a Glock semiautomatic pistol with a full magazine and a bullet in the chamber.

Unknown to Oliver, a member of the Lexington County-Columbia chapter of the Hells Angel motorcycle club, his friend had a secret – he was a source for the FBI.

That was the testimony earlier this week of veteran FBI agent Craig Januchowski in federal court in Columbia during a hearing for Oliver, a laundry and linen service manager in Lexington County.

Thu
09
Nov

'There was going to be a war': Waco biker bloodbath goes to jury

(video)--A Texas jury on Thursday began deliberating the fate of a motorcycle club leader who could face life in prison for his role in a ferocious gunbattle that left nine bikers dead.

Jake Carrizal, who heads the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, is charged with directing criminal activity that led to the deadly brawl between members of the Bandidos and Cossacks at Twin Peaks Restaurant in May 2015.

Carrizal is one of more than 170 bikers arrested following the shootout — and the first of 154 who were indicted to face trial. The jury's decision could have a major impact on those cases.

Tue
07
Nov

Texas Judge Won’t Drop Charges in Biker Shootout Trial

WACO, Texas (CN) – A Texas judge refused Monday to drop charges against a Dallas leader of the Bandidos motorcycle gang after defense attorneys argued the prosecution had been intentionally withholding evidence in the case over a restaurant shootout that killed nine bikers.

McLellan County District Court Judge Matt Johnson rejected the motion by Casie Gotro, attorney for Jacob “Jake” Carrizal, 35, of Dallas, who is charged with two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity and one count of directing organized criminal activity in the violent shootout with the rival Cossacks gang at a Twin Peaks “breastaurant” in Waco on May 17, 2015. Nine bikers died and 20 were injured.

Mon
06
Nov

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.

Mon
06
Nov

Flashed gun leads to gang members arrested northwest of Tucson

MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A mother driving on Interstate 10 slammed on her brakes when a man on a motorcycle pulled out a gun, according to newly released records from Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The July 2 incident started with obscenities and middle fingers flashed at the family traveling east on I-10 near Casa Grande. The motorcycles passed the family in the right lane, when the lead rider pointed a 9mm handgun at the father in the passenger seat, according to the report.

The couple's three children were in the back seat. The husband called 911.

DPS troopers caught up with the motorcycles and stopped them off the Cortaro Road exit in Marana. They identified the group as members of The Chosen Few out of Florida. One trooper described them as "a documented, violent, outlaw motorcycle gang."

One member in the group attempted to run off but was stopped, according to the DPS report. Six other riders were told to stay with the bikes.

Sun
05
Nov

Bikers pour into Galveston for Lone Star Rally

(video)--GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) --

It's the largest four day motorcycle rally in the U.S.

"It's very special this year," rider Ray Barker, of Austin, said.

This year, the sound of hundreds of thousands of revving engines is the sound of recovery.

"It was very important this year for our club to come down and support all the people from Galveston. We know that they had a devastating event that happened here and we're happy to help them get back on their feet," Baker added.

Galveston was spared the worst of Harvey as some businesses were only closed for a couple of weeks for minor clean-up.

Dennis Byrd, owner of "The Spot," a popular bar and restaurant on the seawall, says the impact on the riders who come every year wasn't known.

Fri
03
Nov

Mistrial declared in Bandidos biker beating case

A mistrial was declared Friday in the trial of an El Paso Bandidos member accused in the beatings of two rival motorcycle club members.

A jury was unable to reach unanimous decision in the trial of Thomas Decarlo. 

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for more than eight hours over two days before telling 205th District Court Judge Francisco X. Dominguez at about midday Friday that they were unable to agree on a verdict.

Decarlo is facing one count of engaging in organized criminal activity-aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is facing up to 99 years or life in prison if he convicted on the charge.

More: Bandido could face life in prison if convicted in El Paso biker battle

Thu
02
Nov

New Evidence Appears in Waco Biker Shootout Trial

WACO, Texas (CN) – An apologetic judge on Wednesday recessed the trial of a Dallas leader of the Bandidos motorcycle gang for the rest of the week, citing new audio evidence turned over by police.

“I am sincerely sorry for the delay, but it is unavoidable,” state District Judge Matt Johnson told jurors. “We have to make sure the trial is tried correctly and in accordance with all the rules.”

Jacob “Jake” Carrizal, 35, of Dallas, is charged with directing organized criminal activity in the violent shootout with the rival Cossacks gang at a Twin Peaks “breastaurant” in Waco on May 17, 2015. Nine bikers died and 20 were injured.

More than 150 defendants were charged. Carrizal is the first to go to trial. He faces up to life in state prison if convicted.

Tue
31
Oct

Prosecutors rest their case in the first Twin Peaks shooting trial

(video)--The state has rested its case in the first Twin Peaks shooting trial of Dallas Bandido Jake Carrizal.

Watch a recap of Tuesday morning's testimony by clicking here. Some of the testimony was not captured on camera briefly because the judge shut off the live feed.

For a recap of Monday's testimony, click here.

Carrizal is accused of directing activities of a street gang, engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of murder, and engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The May 17, 2015 Twin Peaks shootout left nine people dead, 18 injured and 177 arrested.

The trial will resume at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Sat
28
Oct

Firearms expert testifies in Carrizal Twin Peaks case

A federal firearms expert and an emergency room doctor testified Friday as the third week of Jacob Carrizal’s trial came to a close.

Carrizal, 35, is the first of 154 bikers indicted in the May 17, 2015, shootout at Twin Peaks between rival biker groups to stand trial.

Prosecutors have called 45 witnesses and introduced close to 1,000 pieces of evidence during the first 13 days of testimony. Carrizal, a Dallas-based railroad employee, is president of the Dallas Bandidos chapter and led a group of Bandidos into the Twin Peaks parking lot that Sunday afternoon moments before the group clashed with Cossacks, another biker group that had taken over the patio area at the restaurant.

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