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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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42 More Dismissals in Twin Peaks Cases

(audio)---Felony charges have been dismissed for 42 more bikers for their alleged involvement in the 2015 shootout between rival groups at a restaurant in Waco. It’s the largest round of case dismissals so far
 

The DA’s office began slowly dismissing charges earlier this year, and recently began picking up the pace. These dismissals are the 3rd round in a week bringing the total down to 58 pending cases. 155 were originally indicted and given a blanket charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. District Attorney Abel Reyna has said the dismissals are to focus on defendants with more culpability.

The next round of trials is planned for late August. A retrial of the head of the Dallas chapter of the bandidos motorcycle club is scheduled for September. Jacob Carrizal’s first trial ended in a hung jury.

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Ex-leader of Bandidos rests his case

The former president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club finished presenting his case Monday at a racketeering trial in San Antonio, calling mostly character witnesses.

Lawyers for Jeffrey Fay Pike called Bandidos members from the Houston area, the wife of one member, and a friend of Pike’s to testify in support of Pike's contention that the club is just a bunch of fun-loving men and not the violence-thriving toughs they have been depicted as in the past.

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Pike, who lives near Conroe, is on trial with his former vice president, John Xavier Portillo of San Antonio, on charges that they led the Bandidos’ alleged racketeering conspiracy by directing, ordering, authorizing or sanctioning murder, drug dealing, beatings and intimidation of other bikers.

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Another defense witness invokes the Fifth in Bandidos trial

A defense witness who reportedly was to contradict a portion of the government’s racketeering case against the former top two leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club instead invoked his right to remain silent Friday.

Michael Anderson, a member of the Bandidos called by lawyers for former national Bandidos president Jeffrey Fay Pike, invoked his Fifth Amendment right after being informed that he could face charges in a bar incident in Fort Worth in which a member of a rival group was shot and killed. He was the second witness called by Pike’s lawyers this week to decide not to testify.

Anderson’s about-face came in the racketeering trial of Pike and his co-defendant, former Bandidos national vice president John Xavier Portillo. After Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra was apprised of the situation, he appointed Anderson a lawyer and stopped public proceedings to look into the matter further.

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TWIN PEAKS ROUNDUP: Several cases dismissed, trial dates set

Fifteen Twin Peaks cases were dismissed Thursday, and at least one more -- that of Richard Smith -- was dismissed Friday, according to court documents.

Now, judges in both the 54th and 19th District Courts are focused on setting trial dates for those still waiting on their next day in court. This week, the court set the date for the retrial of Dallas Bandido Jake Carrizal. That retrial is now scheduled to begin Sept. 10. If there is any delay in Carrizal's retrial, the trial for biker Wesley McAlister will take its place.

During a status hearing Friday, Judge Matt Johnson made clear he wanted to get the ball rolling on the Twin Peaks trials. Trials for bikers Jacob Reese and Timothy Satterwhite were scheduled for early November.

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Bandido biker yells at Waco judge in court: "Three years and nothing!"

Judge Ralph Strother decided to set Jeff Batey's trial date at a status hearing on May 25. Battey then became agitated and yelled at Judge Strother.

A hearing on whether to modify the bond conditions for a member of the Bandidos motorcycle club ended Friday with biker, Jeff Batey, yelling at the judge over how long it has taken for his case to go to trial.

Battey's attorney, Seth Sutton, asked 19th District Court Judge Ralph Strother to release all three of Battey's current bond conditions. Under the conditions, Battey cannot travel outside the state of Texas, carry a firearm, or speak with other members of motorcycle clubs.

Sutton said he asked the judge for the request because Battey had no criminal history prior to the Twin Peaks Shootout on May 17, 2015. Sutton said Battey is a Marine veteran who still has a bullet in his arm from the shooting.

Prosecutor Amanda Dillon asked Judge Strother to deny the request.

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A founder of the Hells Angels testifies for ex-Bandidos leader

A founder of the Hells Angels testified Thursday at a racketeering trial here for two former top leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club that a man killed by Bandidos members in 2006 in Austin was not a member of his club.

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