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2 bikers charged with murder in Twin Peaks shootout get Jan. 15 trial date

Two defendants in the Twin Peaks biker shootout who were re-indicted earlier this month on murder and riot charges might be tried together and had a priority trial date set Friday for Jan. 15.

Jeff Battey, 53, of Ponder, and Ray Arnold Allen, 48, of Crum, both members of the Bandidos motorcycle group, were joined in Waco's 19th State District Court on Friday by four other bikers who were re-indicted May 9 on new charges that will replace the original engaging in organized criminal activity charges.

Judge Ralph Strother called the hearing to get updates on the pending cases.

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Verdict reached in racketeering trial of top ex-Bandidos leaders

On the three-year anniversary of Texas’ deadliest biker shootout, jurors in San Antonio found the two top former Bandidos leaders guilty of all charges they faced in a racketeering indictment.

After two days of deliberations, the eight men, four women jury returned a unanimous verdict against former Bandidos national president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 62, of Conroe, and ex-vice president John Xavier Portillo, 58, of San Antonio, on all counts each faced in a 13-count indictment.

 

Related: Feds: Bandidos are "the mafia on two wheels"

The crimes include racketeering conspiracy, murder, extortion and drug dealing (or aiding and abetting the crimes). Some involved the killings of rival bikers by other Bandidos members.

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Twin Peaks cases unravel as 3rd anniversary arrives

By the evening of May 17, 2015, the bodies of nine dead bikers had been cleared from the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant, and the Waco Police Department was working America’s deadliest episode of biker violence as a murder case.  read the rest

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Councilman stepping down after he said White Settlement honored Bandidos motorcycle gang

Councilman Dave Mann abruptly resigned Tuesday night, a week after the city, he said, recognized local Bandidos motorcycle gang members during a proclamation for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

Mann, who was elected two years ago, is also a Tarrant County sheriff’s deputy.

Mann read a written statement before Tuesday’s council meeting, saying that he could no longer serve on a council that did not value and protect its citizens. Members from the local Bandidos motorcycle gang attended the council meeting May 8, he said.

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DA dismisses five more Twin Peaks cases

The McLennan County District Attorney's Office dismissed five more Twin Peaks cases Tuesday morning as the massive event that once included 155 indicted bikers continues to unravel.

Judge Ralph Strother of 19th State District Court signed dismissals on cases for Noe Adame, James Caffey, Stephen Dudley, Paul Miller and George Rogers, bringing the number of dismissals of the 155 indicted to 126. 

On Monday, 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson signed off on the dismissals of Thomas Paul Landers, Christopher M. Stainton and Michael Herring. 

All were indicted on a first-degree felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity in the May 2015 shootout between the Bandidos and Cossacks in which nine were killed and 20 injured. 

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Feds: Bandidos are “the mafia on two wheels”

A federal jury will begin deliberating Tuesday whether the top two former national leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club headed a racketeering conspiracy and authorized or sanctioned members to commit extortion, robbery, assault, drug dealing and murder.

In closing arguments Monday of the nearly three-month trial in San Antonio, prosecutors painted Jeffrey Fay Pike, who was national president of the Bandidos from 2005 until January 2016, and then-vice president John Xavier Portillo, as crime bosses of a secretive gang of outlaw bikers who claimed Texas as their territory.

 

But lawyers for Pike, 63, of Conroe, and Portillo, 58, of San Antonio, countered that the defendants headed a fraternal, social club of motorcycle enthusiasts, and that the group had some “bad apples” who committed crimes for which neither Pike nor Portillo are responsible.

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DA dismisses three more Twin Peaks cases

The McLennan County District Attorney's Office dismissed three more Twin Peaks cases Monday, bringing the number of dismissals of the 155 indicted to 121. 

Other cases would have been dismissed Monday, but 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother was not available to sign them, court officials said. 

Judge Matt Johnson signed off Monday afternoon on the dismissals of Thomas Paul Landers, Christopher M. Stainton and Michael Herring. They were among a handful of bikers who were still under indictment for engaging in organized criminal activity, which was the original charge for all 155 indictments.

The DA's office obtained superseding indictments last week against 24 bikers charged in the shootout at the former restaurant on May 17, 2015 that left nine dead and 20 injured. Most were re-indicted on riot charges, while three were charged with murder and some also were charged with tampering with physical evidence. 

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Texas biker accused of killing man who was shot by police

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - One of three bikers indicted on murder charges Wednesday stemming from a chaotic 2015 shooting outside a Texas restaurant is accused of killing a man who was also shot twice by police, according to ballistics evidence reviewed by The Associated Press.

The indictments against Glenn Walker and two fellow members of the Bandidos motorcycle club mark the first murder charges filed in connection to the melee that left nine bikers dead, 20 wounded and nearly 200 arrested outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

Investigators say the shooting was sparked by rivalries between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs ahead of a biker meeting. Waco police monitoring the gathering said officers opened fire after fights and gunfire broke out in the parking lot.

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Murder charges filed in 2015 biker shooting in Texas

Three members of the Bandidos motorcycle club were indicted on murder charges Wednesday stemming from a chaotic 2015 shooting that involved police and members of another biker club outside a restaurant in Waco, Texas.

The indictments mark the first murder charges in the case and come just eight days before the statute of limitations runs out. More than 20 other bikers were re-indicted on new charges ranging from rioting to tampering with evidence.

Police arrested nearly 200 bikers following the shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine people dead and 20 injured. Investigators say the incident was sparked by rivalries between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs. Waco police officers monitoring the gathering also fired on the bikers.

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Hells Angels and Mongols involved in deadly motorcycle gang shooting, per BPD

(video)---BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Police tell 17 News that 56-year-old Ricardo Viera was killed as a result of a clash between the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

Near Zingos Café outside of Boss Cocktails on Buck Owens Boulevard, a bike wash was reportedly being held Saturday afternoon. 

But exclusive 17 News video shows how things escalated.

Police say members of the Hells Angels were at an event when members of the rival Mongols Motorcycle Club arrived.

During that confrontation Ricardo Viera-- who police say was affiliated with the Mongols--fired a shotgun into a crowd of people at the event.

You can hear the shotgun blast in the video.

Police say one person was hit by that shot and received minor injuries.

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