Fri
23
Jun

Judge sets trial date for biker arrested at Twin Peaks

Persistence paid off for Cody Ledbetter, a biker arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout who has tried to battle his way into the courtroom for a trial.

Ledbetter, of Waco, who has been passed over on two previous trial settings, was in court again Friday to seek a trial date as soon as possible. He didn't get the date he wanted, but he got a trial date, nonetheless.

Ledbetter, a former member of the Cossacks group who saw his stepfather, Daniel Boyett, shot and killed at Twin Peaks, has had trial settings in May 2016 and September 2017. Those settings were passed by 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother at the request of the state and to the benefit of other Twin Peaks defendants also clamoring for their days in court.

Tue
13
Jun

Bandidos leader gets 45 years in prison for murder at Fort Worth bar

FORT WORTH

The leader of the Fort Worth Bandidos was sentenced Tuesday to 45 years in prison for the murder a rival motorcycle gang member.

According to prosecutors, Howard Baker, the 62-year-old president of the Fort Worth chapter of the Bandidos, directed and participated in the Dec. 12, 2014, slaying of Geoffrey Brady at Gator’s Jam Inn, a Riverside-area bar that closed about a month after the shooting, according to testimony. Two other men were wounded.

A witness testified that when the Bandidos stormed the bar, the “shooting started” and 911 calls shared similar details.

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One man told the 911 call taker that they needed to send ambulances — quickly.

Sat
10
Jun

Leader of Texas biker gang the Bandidos is found guilty of ordering the ambush and murder of rival Ghost Riders member at a dive bar

  • Howard Baker, 62, was found guilty of murder and engaging in organized crime
  • Baker is said to be the president of Bandidos, a Texas biker gang 
  • He was accused of ordering the murder of Ghost Rider member Geoffrey Brady 
  • The Bandidos allegedly ambushed Brady, killing him in front of his wife in 2014 

The alleged leader of a motorcycle gang has been found guilty of murder and engaging in organized crime, among other charges. 

On Friday, a Fort Worth, Texas jury found Howard Baker, 62, the supposed leader of the Bandidos motorcycle club, guilty of murder in the December 2014 death of Geoffrey Brady, 41, a member of rival bike club, Ghost Riders.    

Baker was found guilty of murder, aggravated assault, engaging in organized crime and directing a street gang.

Tue
06
Jun

Witness: When Bandidos stormed the bar, ‘the shooting started’

FORT WORTH

What started as an ordinary and quiet night at the Gator’s Jam Inn changed the minute members of the Bandidos motorcycle club stormed the bar, a witness testified Tuesday.

“Then the shooting started,” said Ellen Dockery, a bartender at Gator’s.

She was looking in the mirror facing the cash register when more than 20 people — identified as Bandidos by the color of their patches — started pouring in from the front and rear doors.

“Scotty (the head bartender) started screaming at me to get down,” Dockery said. “And then he called 911.”

Other 911 callers shared similar desperate pleas.

One man told the 911 call talker that they needed to send ambulances — quickly.

“There’s been 15 shots so far and they’re still shooting,” according to another 911 call.

Tue
06
Jun

Trial begins for Fort Worth Bandido gang leader accused in rival’s death

FORT WORTH

Under heavy security, the trial started Monday for a Fort Worth motorcycle gang leader who authorities say in 2014 ordered the killing of a member of another gang.

Howard Wayne Baker, 62, is suspected of engaging in organized crime and directing the activities of a street gang. Prosecutors say Baker, president of the Fort Worth Bandidos, gave the order to shoot Geoffrey Brady, 41, on Dec. 12, 2014, during an ambush at a bar at 2813 Race St.

Baker, who is also accused of shooting Brady, was booked into jail two days later and released the same day after posting $100,000 bail, according to court records. Brady died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Tue
23
May

Bandidos Inc.: Tough-as-nails riders are now a nonprofit group

In the wake of a federal racketeering indictment in San Antonio that targeted three top leaders, the Bandidos Motorcycle Club has opted to put on paper what they have argued all along, that they are not a gang but a legitimate brotherhood of motorcycle riders.

In March, the Bandidos’ national board and interim president, William E. Sartelle, formed a nonprofit corporation called USARG Inc. to represent the Bandidos and to handle the group’s charitable contributions. Sartelle, Timothy W. Harper and Marcos M. Flores, all of the Houston area, are listed as directors.

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Thu
18
May

Man with ties to Bandidos indicted in Abilene man's murder

A Jones County grand jury indicted a man with ties to the Bandidos motorcycle club Thursday on a charge of first-degree murder.

Wesley Dale Mason is accused of fatally shooting Dusty Childress, 39, on March 4, said Jack Thompson, Jones County District Attorney's Office investigator.

If convicted, Mason faces from five to 99 years or life in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Mason remains in the Jones County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call that came in at 9:43 a.m. March 4 about a man who had been run over and shot on County Road 341, according to Reporter-News archives.

Childress was transported from the scene to Hendrick Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Mason allegedly left the scene in his pickup following the shooting and wound up in a borrow ditch about a half mile away. Police later picked him up at a residence on Private Road 343.

Tue
16
May

More Twin Peaks bikers file civil lawsuits

Twenty members of the Bandidos motorcycle group who were arrested after the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout in Waco have joined the ranks of bikers who have filed civil rights lawsuits in an Austin federal court.

All 20 were among 155 indicted in the incident and claim they were unlawfully arrested and held under excessive bonds.

“The mass arrests were unprecedented in both their scope and the complete absence of individual, particularized facts to establish probable cause,” the suit alleges. “This suit seeks to correct the miscarriage of justice and assault on the United States Constitution perpetrated by these defendants.”

Thu
11
May

Bikers Sue Cops For $1 Billion Over ‘Witch Hunt’

They brought raffle tickets to a gunfight.

Four members of the Grim Guardians motorcycle club showed up to Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, on May 17, 2015, for a meeting about state politics, they say. Instead, rival motorcycle gangs opened fire on each other before police moved in.

They walked into gunfire, and they left in handcuffs.

When the smoke cleared, nine men were dead, 20 people were injured, and 177 bikers were arrested for engaging in organized criminal activity — including the Grim Guardians.

Now Jim Albert Harris, Bonar Crump Jr., Drew King, and Juan Carlos Garcia are suing the city, law enforcement, and the restaurant for violating their civil rights, slandering their reputations, and more.

They’re not the first bikers to sue over the shootout, but they are the first to demand $1 billion and compare the violence to poison gas attacks in Syria.

Mon
08
May

Waco Police investigating assault involving 7 biker gang members

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

The Waco Police Department said they are investigating an aggravated assault from over the weekend involving seven members of a known biker gang affiliated with the Banditos.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting at the Chapter 11 Club around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

When they got there, officers were able to determine one of the biker gang members had held a knife up to a victim’s neck during an assault.

Police say the victim was able to pull a gun from his waistband, and fire off several shots.

He was bleeding, but was able to escape and flee the scene.

The seven biker gang members also fled the scene, and it’s unclear if anyone was hit by the gunfire.

Police are continuing to investigate the assault and are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Waco Police.

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