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Bandido biker yells at Waco judge in court: "Three years and nothing!"

Judge Ralph Strother decided to set Jeff Batey's trial date at a status hearing on May 25. Battey then became agitated and yelled at Judge Strother.

A hearing on whether to modify the bond conditions for a member of the Bandidos motorcycle club ended Friday with biker, Jeff Batey, yelling at the judge over how long it has taken for his case to go to trial.

Battey's attorney, Seth Sutton, asked 19th District Court Judge Ralph Strother to release all three of Battey's current bond conditions. Under the conditions, Battey cannot travel outside the state of Texas, carry a firearm, or speak with other members of motorcycle clubs.

Sutton said he asked the judge for the request because Battey had no criminal history prior to the Twin Peaks Shootout on May 17, 2015. Sutton said Battey is a Marine veteran who still has a bullet in his arm from the shooting.

Prosecutor Amanda Dillon asked Judge Strother to deny the request.

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Crews respond to fire at motorcycle club hangout

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Knoxville Fire Department responded to a reported house fire at a known clubhouse for a motorcycle club in the early hours of Friday morning. 

At 2:50 a.m. Friday morning, units from the Knoxville Fire Department responded to 205 Clifton Rd. off Western Avenue for report of a structural fire. When firefighters arrived they found heavy flames at the front porch area of the structure, and active fire in the attic.

Fire crews immediately went to work extinguishing the flames while additional manpower searched the structure for any possible victims, none were found. The two-story stone structure is a known clubhouse for the motorcycle club the “Outlaws”.

No injuries are reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

 
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A founder of the Hells Angels testifies for ex-Bandidos leader

A founder of the Hells Angels testified Thursday at a racketeering trial here for two former top leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club that a man killed by Bandidos members in 2006 in Austin was not a member of his club.

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DA dismisses 15 more biker cases in Twin Peaks shootout

McLennan County prosecutors dismissed 15 more Twin Peaks biker cases Thursday afternoon, saying they are exercising "prosecutorial discretion" while focusing on others indicted in the May 2015 shootout with "a higher level of culpability." 

The dismissals come on the eve of a status conference 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson has called for Friday afternoon. The conference, like one last week in 19th State District Court, was called to let the judge know how the DA's office plans to proceed with the remaining Twin Peaks biker cases. 

Those dismissed Thursday were members of the Cossacks motorcycle club and its support clubs, all of which were at odds with the Bandidos motorcycle group. The two sides clashed at Twin Peaks May 17, 2015, leaving nine dead and 20 injured. 

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Witness in Bandidos racketeering trial invokes right to remain silent

A man who was reportedly at the scene when a purported member of the Hells Angels was killed in 2006 in Austin invoked his right against self-incrimination today during a racketeering trial in San Antonio for two top former leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

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Concerns over motorcycle club with history of posting racist meme moving into Cudahy

(video)---CUDAHY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A motorcycle club with a history of members posting racist memes on social media is trying to move into Cudahy, and neighbors aren’t happy about it.

Nick Bellanti, a co-president of the club, says he regrets the posts.

“There was a foolish post years ago that I can see how people thought what it was, but that’s not me,” he said. “That’s not what I’m about. Far from it.”

The club has applied for an occupancy permit to a building near Packard and Pulaski.

Cudahy Alderman Justin Moralez calls the posts a deal-breaker.

“I can’t in good faith support anyone who has rallied that sentiment before,” Moralez said.

Moralez is on the planning commission that will decide whether to proceed with the permit.

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OMG: Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

(video)---FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Ronnie Schneider knows bikes and bikers. Not only does he manage the motorcycle dealership Wheels, he's also been riding for 30 years. Schneider says most riders just enjoy the companionship and being out in nature.

"I just like getting out there with my friends on the open road, experiencing the different areas, driving through lakes country - just kind of freedom," Schneider says.

Unfortunately, that isn't the case for everyone. Fargo Police say criminal biker gangs are here, and the warmer weather is drawing them out.

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'El Presidente' of Bandidos testifies at his trial

The man who led the Bandidos Motorcycle Club for a decade testified at his own racketeering trial on Monday that he’s not guilty of any of a host of crimes blamed on his group, and that the organization’s more than 120 chapters are autonomous and run independently from the national chapter.

Jeffrey Fay Pike, 62, who joined the Bandidos in 1979 and was national president from 2006 until he stepped down after he and then-national vice president John Xavier Portillo were arrested in January 2016, described the Bandidos as a brotherhood of like-minded individuals who like motorcycles.

Pike, testifying in his own defense, also said he was unaware of racketeering crimes that include three murders and beatings or intimidation of rivals or fellow Bandidos alleged in a 27-page federal indictment against Pike and Portillo.

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Special prosecutors move to dismiss high-profile Twin Peaks case

Matthew Clendennen may finally walk away from the courtroom.
 

The special prosecutors in the Twin Peaks trial against former Scimitars Motorcycle Club member Matthew Clendennen have filed a motion to dismiss his case.

Clendennen's name became synonymous with the Twin Peaks trials because his attorney was one of the most vocal individuals criticizing the McLennan County District Attorney's Office's handling of the 2015 Twin Peaks shooting, which resulted in the arrests of 177 people.

"Now, almost three years later, after the filing of numerous speedy trial demands and countless motions in the trial court, the recusal of the trial judge, the recusal of the district attorney, and three trips to the Court of Appeals, the saga is over for Matt Clendennen," his lawyer Clint Broden wrote in an email.

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Kingsmen biker to jury: 'He was scared. I would be, too.'

With three of his fellow Kingsmen sitting just a few feet away, it's a safe bet Jimmy Ray Fritts wanted to be anywhere but on a witness stand in Buffalo.

He didn't want to testify that Andre Jenkins, one of his "brothers" on trial, admitted to the double murder at the core of the case.

And Fritts certainly didn't want to tell a jury that former Kingsmen President David Pirk ordered the 2014 killings.

At the constant prodding of prosecutors, Fritts, a Kingsmen Motorcycle Club member from Tennessee, testified that Pirk's involvement became evident during a near-fatal confrontation between Jenkins and four Kingsmen angry over the assassination-style murders in North Tonawanda.

"He walked in and we pulled our weapons," he told the jury. "He was scared. I would be, too."

Now 68, Fritts said that Jenkins, upon seeing the drawn guns, claimed the killings were in self-defense and begged them to make one phone call before killing him.

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