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Ex-Bandidos member testifies about beatdown that quelled a coup

The caravan of bikers wearing black vests with red and gold patches was about 70 deep when it pulled into a “party site” outside Roswell, New Mexico, for what was supposed to be a regional meeting of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

Soon, dust kicked up at the front of the pack, and David Lombino — from his motorcycle near the middle of that caravan — could see men clad in black clubbing, punching and kicking the bikers at the front.

 

Such was the scene of a March 2011 ambush of members and supporters of the Bandidos’ El Paso chapters, Lombino testified Tuesday during the San Antonio racketeering trial of the Bandidos’ former top leaders, then-national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and ex-national vice president John Xavier Portillo.

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Judge extends stay in Twin Peaks civil suits

AUSTIN — Attorneys hoping to proceed with civil rights lawsuits on behalf of bikers arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout left court disappointed Monday after a judge extended a stay on the proceedings.

Senior U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, of Austin, conducted a status conference Monday in a portion of the 133 Twin Peaks civil rights suits and extended by at least 90 days a stay that has been in place for almost two years.

Sparks agreed with Thomas Brandt, an attorney who represents McLennan County and District Attorney Abel Reyna, that it would be prudent to defer the lawsuits until the conclusion of the ongoing federal racketeering trial in San Antonio involving former national Bandidos leaders Jeffrey Pike and John Portillo.

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Bandidos trial put on hold due to hotel shortage, road closings caused by Final Four

A shortage of lodging because of the Final Four shortened Thursday’s proceedings in a federal racketeering trial of two top former leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra dismissed jurors midafternoon after prosecutors informed him they had no more than the three witnesses who testified Thursday in their case against former Bandidos national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and ex-vice president John Xavier Portillo.

 

Ezra explained that the next government witnesses are all from out of town and could not find hotels because of the thousands of people in town for the collegiate basketball extravaganza. Additionally, the federal courthouse will be closed Friday because streets around it will be closed or gridlocked due to the Final Four festivities and games, the judge said.

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Ex-Bandidos member testifies about being ‘out in bad standings’

(img gallery)---Andrew “Corky” Gomez is now a pariah to the Bandidos Motorcycle Club despite dedicating seven years of his life to the group, even helping it commit murder.

Gomez, who was in the Bandidos from 1998 to 2005, testified today that he took over as president of a local Bandidos chapter in San Antonio in 2002 when its then-president John Xavier Portillo was promoted to the national chapter.

 

But Portillo, who is facing racketeering charges in a three-month trial in San Antonio with another former Bandidos leader, first had Gomez demoted and later kicked “out in bad standings” after Gomez got crossways with the outlaw biker club and refused to hand over his motorcycle to the Bandidos, Gomez testified.

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Lawyers for ex-Bandidos leader try to rip key witness’ testimony

Lawyers for a former leader of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club on Tuesday began chipping away at the testimony of a key government witness, a woman who became “property” of the notorious biker club.

That witness, Magenta Winans, 46, testified on Friday that she helped the Bandidos murder a street gang member in retaliation for the killing of a fellow biker, aided their drug trafficking and ran the group’s call girl service in San Antonio, called Platinum Escorts.

 

Her testimony was offered by the government in support of a federal indictment that alleges that the Bandidos’ racketeering enterprise spanned 16 years, from 2000 to 2016. Her testimony dealt mostly with allegations over the first half of that period.

While some of her testimony implicated several Bandido members, none is on trial other than former national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and ex-national vice president John Xavier Portillo.

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Bandidos ex-president wants recordings excluded from racketeering trial

A lawyer for former Bandidos Motorcycle Club president Jeffrey Fay Pike wants a judge to exclude from a racketeering trial recordings made by a co-defendant that the attorney argues could be prejudicial to his client.

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Judge denies Twin Peaks defense motion; scolds DA Abel Reyna for campaign ad

At this point, it appears Matthew Clendennen's trial will happen in October.

During a Twin Peaks hearing on Monday, Visiting Judge Doug Shraver denied a motion from biker Matthew Clendennen's attorney to have the case against the former Scimitars Motorcycle Club member dismissed for speedy trial violations.

Defense lawyer Clint Broden had argued McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna had delayed the trial too many times. But, although Shraver did not side with Broden, he proceeded to scold Reyna for using Clendennen's picture in a 2018 political reelection ad. Judge Shraver said Reyna should be ashamed of himself and order the DA to remove the ad immediately.

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Bandidos’ secrets spilled by ex-national ranking member

A former ranking member of the Bandidos’ national chapter testified at a racketeering trial Thurday that two ex-biker leaders led a racketeering conspiracy that included handing down orders to commit assault.
 

Justin Cole Forster, 33, was a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club for 10 years, from 2006 until he was arrested in January 2016 with then-national Bandidos president Jeffrey Fay Pike and vice president, John Xavier Portillo.

 

Six months after his arrest, Forster pleaded guilty to racketeering-related crimes and violated one of the most important rules of the group — he turned on the organization he longed to be a part of since he was 10.

Forster spent hours on the stand on the trial’s third day, explaining the inner workings of the Bandidos, its screening process, its revered vests and patches, and how the Bandidos enforces its rules and protects its territory through intimidation and violence.

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Amid criticism, Texas DA dismisses more cases in 2015 biker gang shootout

WACO, Texas - A Texas prosecutor on Wednesday dismissed 13 more cases against bikers stemming from a 2015 shootout at a Waco restaurant, CBS affiliate KWTX reports.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna made the announcement Wednesday, a day before scheduled hearings for 10 of the bikers. The May 2015 shootout at Waco's Twin Peaks restaurant left nine bikers dead, and 20 injured. The bikers faced charges of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Of the original 154 bikers indicted, prosecutors are still pursuing 128 cases. Reyna said his office would not pursue cases against 24 bikers who were arrested but not indicted.

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Trial for Bandidos leaders may last three months

As state authorities struggle to successfully prosecute more than 150 people indicted in the aftermath of the 2015 deadly biker clash in Waco, the feds are pushing forward here with a racketeering trial of two former leaders of the Bandidos for 16 years of alleged criminal conduct.

An anonymous jury of eight men and four women, and four alternates has been picked for the trial in San Antonio of former Bandidos president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 61, of Conroe and then-vice president John Xavier Portillo, 57, of San Antonio. Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday morning in front of Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra for the trial that may last up to three months.

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