Thu
19
May

National Council of Clubs Announces Unified Protest Against Motorcycle Profiling

The National Council of Clubs held a press conference at Shamrock Cycles in Austin, Texas on May 17, 2016, the 1st Anniversary of the tragedy in Waco, to announce a National Protest Against Motorcycle Profiling and Discrimination to take place at the ROT Rally in Austin, June 9-12.

 

Representatives from motorcycle clubs across the country met in Austin to present a unified voice in defense of the community.  Motorcycle profiling is a national epidemic impacting motorcyclists coast to coast.  There is a well established pattern of evidence proving law enforcement consistently targets individuals for no other reason than their appearance or membership in a motorcycle club.

 

Wed
18
May

Lawyer: Waco prosecutor should be removed from biker case

The district attorney overseeing the prosecution of more than 150 bikers charged in a melee in Waco last year should be disqualified from the case because he took charge of police officers trying do their jobs that day, a Houston lawyer contends.

 

A motion filed in court Tuesday - the one-year anniversary of the May 17, 2015, melee that left nine people dead - asked that McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna be removed from the case, along with two assistants, Michael Jarrett and Mark Parker.

 

Their actions made them potential witnesses who could be subpoenaed to testify at trial, according to the motion filed by lawyer Abigail Anastasio of Houston.

Reyna did not respond Tuesday to a request for comment on the motion before state District Judge Matt Johnson.

Wed
18
May

Federal lawsuit takes aim at the bikers arrests and indictments

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Austin claims arrest affidavits, warrants and subsequent indictments against bikers involved in the Twin Peaks shootings were based on untruths and fabrications.

Nine bikers died and 20 were injured in the May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs and police at the Waco restaurant.

Diego Obledo, of San Antonio, through his lawyer Don Tittle, of Dallas, filed the 34-page lawsuit petition in U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks’ court asking various levels of damages for violations of Obledo’s 4th and 14th Constitutional Amendment rights.

Tittle is serving as Obledo’s lawyer in the lawsuit only while a Waco attorney was appointed by 54th District Judge Matt Johnson to represent Obledo in the criminal case.

In the introduction of the petition, Tittle says the action was brought “arising from the unlawful arrests that occurred in Waco, Texas on May 17, 2015.

Mon
16
May

Abilene man pleaded guilty to disposing of allegedly murdered body

Wesley Dale Mason, 40, agreed to a guilty plea Monday in the 42nd District Court in Abilene for moving the body of man allegedly murdered in December 2014.

He received eight years deferred adjudication (probation) with a $1,000 fine for the second-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence — human corpse after police allege Mason moved the body of Carey Rod Tate. John Patrick Gutierrez, 39, was indicted on a murder charge in the case in September. A trial is tentatively scheduled for July 25.

According to Reporter-News archives, a witness told police Mason, allegedly "provided a dog kennel and dolly to put the body in and transport it to Hawley."

A court document reveals police also said they tracked cellphone communications between Mason and Gutierrez and they were able to "show Mason's cellphone GPS location pinging near the discovery of Tate's body."

Sun
15
May

'Outlaw bikers' open up about clubs, culture and deadly Waco shootout

Watch "Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout" Monday at 9 p.m. ET, and join @edlavaCNN for a live Twitter chat during the show.

Dallas (CNN)From the time he was big enough to climb onto the back of his dad's Harley, Jake Carrizal felt the pull of the open road.

Sun
15
May

Courthouse rally marks anniversary of Twin Peaks biker shootout

About 100 motorcycle riders from the Waco, Dallas and Houston areas converged in front of the McLennan County courthouse Saturday afternoon to commemorate the first anniversary of the Twin Peaks shootout that killed nine people and resulted in the arrests of 192 people and indictments of 154 people on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity.

This is the weekend before the May 17 anniversary of the Sunday afternoon shootings a year ago at the restaurant at the intersection of Interstate 35 and State Highway 6 that has since closed.

Fri
13
May

Mom wants answers one year after Waco biker melee: 'Who killed my son?'

WACO - Rain or shine, Yvonne Reeves visits the makeshift shrine and sits, sometimes for hours, a few feet from where her son drew his last breaths as he was shot in the back of the head.

 

His nickname, "Chain," is painted on the asphalt parking lot.

His 10-year-old son traced an outline of his hand on the ground as if to wave goodbye.

"I don't know why I come here," Reeves said recently, as the wind caught her long gray hair. "I've been telling myself I don't want to come here, but I still come."

She combs through the rolling papers, wooden cross and other offerings to the dead left at the shrine, and calls Waco police detectives regularly with a message.

Tue
05
Apr

WARNING GRAPHIC: New video released of Twin Peaks biker gang shooting

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

WARNING DISTURBING VIDEO

New video has been released of the Twin Peaks' biker gang shooting from a lawyer in Nevada. 

The lawyer said he is not representing any of the bikers, he just wants the truth to be told.

He also said most of the bikers were there for a political meeting and ran when the shooting began.

On May 17, 2015, nine people were killed and dozens were injured when two rival biker gangs had a shootout at Twin Peaks in Waco.

VIDEO

Sat
02
Apr

DA calls comments from Twin Peaks attorney "sadly inaccurate"

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

A Houston attorney says 39 Twin Peaks bikers, including two he represents, have been released from their bond obligations with no charges pending - but prosecutors called his claims "sadly inaccurate". 

Houston Attorney Paul Looney said in a press release the extended term of the McLennan County grand jury expired Thursday night at midnight and the prosecutions against those bikers are "terminated by the operation of law and their cases are dismissed."

District Attorney Abel Reyna disagreed late Thursday afternoon, releasing a statement that said, "We have not filed any dismissals in any of the remaining Twin Peaks cases.  Furthermore, any McLennan County Grand Jury can hear evidence on this matter and decide to issue additional indictments."

"This is an ongoing, continuing criminal investigation," he added.

Wed
30
Mar

Two additional Twin Peaks bikers named in sealed indictments arrested

Two more of the six bikers who were named in sealed indictments last week were arrested on charges of engaging in criminal activity Wednesday, unsealing the indictments.

Richard Dewayne Smith, 39, and Richard Clarence Lockhart, 46, were each arrested on a first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charge for their alleged role in the May 17 biker shootout at Twin Peaks. Both men were subsquently released from custody by Wednesday afternoon after each posted a $250,000 surety bond.

Officials report that Smith is a member of the Bandidos motorcycle club and Lockhart is a member of the Compañeros motorcycle club — a support group of the Bandidos. Both men were in two of six sealed indictments that were returned by a McLennan County grand jury last week. The grand jury returned a total of 48 indictments last week, but sealed six for suspects who had not previously been arrested.

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