Sat
21
Oct

Organizer of meeting at Twin Peaks tells jury Cossacks tried to intimidate his wife

A founding member of a “mom and pop” motorcycle group testified Friday that before the Cossacks took over a biker coalition meeting at Twin Peaks and engaged in a deadly shootout with Bandidos, one ran over his wife’s foot, they circled her and spit in her face.

Mike Lynch, a self-employed plumbing contractor from Mart, said the Cossacks cause more trouble in the Waco area than the Bandidos ever have.

Lynch, an original member of the Los Pirados motorcycle club, testified Friday in the trial of Jacob Carrizal.

Carrizal, 35, the Bandidos Dallas chapter president, is the first of 154 bikers indicted in the May 17, 2015, shootout at Twin Peaks to stand trial. Nine bikers died and more than a dozen were injured in the clash between the Cossacks and the Bandidos, the dominant biker group in Texas.

Prosecutors have called 24 witnesses during the first eight days of testimony.

Fri
20
Oct

Former Waco Twin Peaks restaurant general manager testifies on day 8 of trial

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

The former general manager of the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant testified on day 8 of the first trial of the Twin Peaks shootout. 

Christopher Jacob Carrizal who is the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos was indicted on charges of directing activities of a criminal street gang and engaging in organized criminal activity. Nine people died and dozens were injured.

Former Waco Twin Peaks GM Brad Doan said his restaurant started having bike nights on 2014. He recalls members of the Boozefighters being the majority of their clients on those special events.

Doan said he never had any issues with those bikers or Cossacks during those bike nights.

Prosecutor Amanda Dillon asked Doan whether at any point his restaurant decided to stop bike nights. Doan replied no and added that was a decision made by the owner.

Thu
19
Oct

Twin Peaks jury gets first look at video of biker shootout

Jurors in the initial Twin Peaks trial watched two men die Wednesday when they got their first look at law enforcement video from the brutal 2015 shootout.

After setting up three large monitors in front of the jury box and one near the witness stand, prosecutors played video from a hidden pole camera Department of Public Safety investigator Chris Frost had installed earlier on the morning of the melee.

Frost testified Wednesday about his role in the May 17, 2015, incident during the trial of Jacob Carrizal, 35, Bandidos Dallas chapter president.

Carrizal is charged in Waco’s 54th State District Court with directing the activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Wed
18
Oct

SWAT Sergeant testifying on day 6 of Twin Peaks trial says officers didn't anticipate shootout

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

A SWAT sergeant for Waco Police who witnessed the Twin Peaks incident said officers did not anticipate a shootout more than two years ago outside the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

Sgt. Drews, who started his testimony on Tuesday, said he was assigned to investigate and create a plan in preparation to the Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting expected to take place at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17, 2015.

Christopher Jacob Carrizal, the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, was indicted on charges of directing activities of a criminal street gang and engaging in organized criminal activity.

On Tuesday morning, Drews testified Waco Police officers had a visible presence at the scene with marked units and uniformed officers. 

Tue
17
Oct

Twin Peaks trial day four 10.16.17

Cell phones seized after the deadly Twin Peaks shootout were the focus of testimony Monday afternoon in Waco in the first trial of a defendant in the case as prosecutors laid a foundation for the presentation of what they say is crucial evidence recovered from the phones.

Defendant Christopher Jacob Carrizal, 35, is the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos.

He’s 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 in the May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs at the Twin Peaks restaurant at the Central Texas Marketplace shopping center that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 others injured.

Tue
17
Oct

Report: Biker gang member had drugs, gun in car

A Texas couple is facing multiple charges following a traffic stop for speeding. 

According to an arrest report for John Franklin Craft, 55, Walker Road, an officer with the West Monroe Police Department saw a tan Kia sedan traveling at 76 mph in a 60 mph zone near the Downing Pines exit ramp on Interstate 20. 

The driver was verified as John Franklin Craft. A computer check alerted the officer that Craft was a documented violent offender and member of the Cossacks biker gang, the affidavit states.

Craft told the officer the pair were traveling from Temple, Texas to Virginia to visit a friend. 

The officer reported asking Craft for permission to search the vehicle, which was denied. 

A Monroe Police Department canine was brought to the scene and provided an alert on the vehicle. 

Mon
16
Oct

First Waco biker trial could have domino effect on others

WACO, Texas

Steel barriers and sheriff's deputies surrounded the courthouse in Waco, Texas, in a show of heightened security as the trial began for an alleged leader of the Bandidos biker gang in connection to the deadliest shootout between biker groups in U.S. history.

But experts say the trial — the first stemming from the fatal May 2015 shooting — could reach far beyond the single case, as the government tries to convict other leaders and dozens of members.

It has been nearly 2 ½ years since a confrontation between the Bandidos and the Cossacks left nine bikers dead and 20 wounded outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Local police arrested 177 bikers after the mayhem, and more than 150 people were eventually charged.

Fri
13
Oct

Special prosecutor to be appointed against McLennan DA and Waco detective for perjury accusations

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

A special prosecutor will be appointed to look into perjury accusations against the McLennan County District Attorney and a Waco Police detective. 

A defense attorney for a biker who faces charges over the twin peaks shootout filed a complaint in a Dallas court earlier this month.

He claims that either District Attorney Abel Reyna or Waco Police Detective Manuel Chavez lied during a hearing last year in which a judge was deciding if Reyna should be taken-off the Twin Peaks cases.

Attorney Clint Broden says judge Davis Peeples from the San Antonio area will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the accusations. 

Broden says the two men told conflicting stories over who prepared arrest papers for the Twin Peaks bikers.

Broden adds that if the special prosecutor discovers that either Reyna or Chavez lied, they could be arrested.

Abel Reyna released the following statement:

Fri
13
Oct

Third day of testimony underway in first Twin Peaks trial

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A third day of testimony is underway in the first trial of a biker charged in the deadly May 2015 shootout at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant.

Christopher Jacob Carrizal. (Photo by John Carroll)

Christopher Jacob Carrizal, 35, the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos motorcycle club, 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.

Thu
12
Oct

Undercover ATF agent testifies in second day of first Twin Peaks trial

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

An undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms or explosives is the second witness to take the stand in the first trial of a biker indicted in the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout on Thursday.

Christopher Jacob Carrizal, president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, was indicted on one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activities for the shooting that took place more than two years ago outside of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Nine bikers died and dozens were injured.

An ATF agent who said he has 30 years of experience with outlaw motorcycle gangs after infiltrating three of them stated the Bandidos is the largest outlaw motorcycle gang in the U.S. and is the dominant group in Texas.

He mentioned territory and their control is very important to the outlaw motorcycle gangs. He said the patch and the gang are priorities to members.

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