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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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Testimony kicks off in first Twin Peaks shootout trial

Lettie Jones, a former cook at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, knew something was going on when she turned around from her duties and she was alone in the kitchen.

She rushed to a patio window in time to hear a single burst of gunfire that she mistook for a firecracker before a flurry of shots shattered the otherwise calm Sunday afternoon of May 17, 2015.

Jones was the first prosecution witness Wednesday in the trial of Jacob Carrizal, the first to stand trial of the 154 bikers indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout that left nine dead and dozens injured.

Carrizal is on trial in Waco’s 54th State District Court on charges of directing the activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity. Security has been intensified dramatically for the trial.

Wed
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Documents: Police did little to stop Waco biker showdown

Law enforcement officers prepared for war in Waco, Texas, on May 17, 2015.

In parking lots surrounding the Twin Peaks restaurant just off Interstate 35, 16 police officers, including a SWAT team of 11, were poised with assault rifles in five police cars and two unmarked SUVs. Seven state police, some undercover, were inside the restaurant or nearby.
 

Families were eating Sunday lunch apparently oblivious to the gathering storm, as dozens of armed bikers from the Cossacks poured onto the restaurant patio to confront the most powerful motorcycle gang in Texas, the Bandidos.

When the first Bandidos rolled in, "the Cossacks began coming off the patio. You could see the tension building up instantly," Waco Police Detective Jeff Rogers said in an affidavit that is part of a trove of evidence provided to The Associated Press.

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Jury selection for first Twin Peaks trial will continue for 2nd day

WACO, Texas (KWTX) The process of seating a jury for the first trial of a Twin Peaks shootout defendant will continue for a second day Wednesday.

About 150 prospective jurors reported Tuesday morning, and by late Tuesday afternoon the pool had been reduced to about 140 after prosecutors completed their examination of the panel.

Defense attorney Casie Gotro started her examination late Tuesday afternoon.

Her client, Christopher Jacob Carrizal, is the first of the more than 150 bikers indicted in the aftermath of the deadly shootout to go on trial.

He’s the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos motorcycle club.

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Questions about arrest affidavits in Waco biker shootout

(video)--Nearly two and half years after a deadly biker shootout in Waco, the first trial of more than 150 people begins this week. 

The shootout involved two rival biker gangs and the Waco Police Department and left nine people dead and more than 20 injured.

Waco police initially arrested 177 people, some of whom just happened to be in the parking lot when the shooting started. During a hearing last year, a lawyer for one of the defendants challenged the arrest warrant affidavit for 177 people arrested.

The arrest affidavit had the exact same narrative for each arrested person. Some skeptically call those "fill in the blank" affidavits, and during that hearing two Waco public officials gave drastically different accounts. A Dallas court ruling could have an impact on the cases against dozens of defendants.

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Prosecutor Accused of ‘Revenge Porn’ Attack on Biker Gang Member

A defendant in the Waco biker shootout says prosecutors distributed ‘revenge porn’ of him and his wife after they discovered private videos on his phone.

A defendant in the Waco biker shooting has filed a motion claiming prosecutors distributed “revenge porn” against him and his wife.

Thu
05
Oct
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Attorney: Twin Peaks trial begins Tuesday "come hell or high water."

WACO, Texas (KWTX) In a pretrial hearing Thursday for a Twin Peaks biker, Dallas Bandidos leader Christopher Jacob Carrizal, prosecutors and defense attorney Casie Gotro worked out final discovery that the state must turn over to her Thursday.

Judge Matt Johnson of 54th District Court announced the questionnaires will be handed out and filled out by 140 potential jurors on Monday, October 9th.

Gotro has been alleging all along that District Attorney Abel Reyna's office was not providing her with documents she had requested.

On Thursday some of those documents were approved by the judge to be handed over.

Following the questionnaires Monday, the final jury will be selected on Tuesday for first trial of a biker charged in the deadly shootout.

"We're going to trial Tuesday come hell or high water," Gotro said.

The Twin Peaks shootout happened on May 17, 2015.

Wed
04
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Senior judge appointed to hear Twin Peaks biker case

A senior judge who presided over a hearing two years ago in which nine Twin Peaks defendants sought to remove McLennan County’s two primary felony court judges, was appointed Tuesday to preside over the case of former biker Matthew Clendennen.

A day after 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson agreed to step down from hearing Clendennen’s case, regional administrative Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield appointed Senior Judge Doug Shaver, of Houston, to hear Clendennen’s case.

A panel of 600 potential jurors has been summoned to report to court Oct. 27 in Clendennen’s case. The trial is set to start Nov. 6.

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Judge recuses himself from Twin Peaks biker's trial

Judge Matt Johnson, of Waco's 54th State District Court, who was set to preside over the trial of the first Twin Peaks case next week, removed himself Monday from hearing what is set now as the second Twin Peaks shootout trial next month. 

Johnson's decision to step aside came after Dallas attorney Clint Broden, who represents former Scimitars motorcycle club member Matthew Clendennen, filed a motion Monday seeking to recuse Johnson from further involvement in Clendennen's case.

Johnson was formerly law partners with McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna. Broden's motion states that, according to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, "a judge must recuse in any proceeding in which ... the judge or a lawyer with whom the judge previously practiced law has been a material witness concerning the proceeding." 

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Twin Peaks jury panel readies for Carrizal trial

The first trial of a biker arrested in the May 2015 skirmish between rival motorcycle groups at Twin Peaks in Waco inched a bit closer to reality Friday with the impaneling of about 150 potential jurors.

Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court excused 33 of the 181 potential jurors who reported Friday after hearing exemptions and excuses and instructed the remaining panel to return Oct. 9 to fill out a 60-question questionnaire. The judge scheduled jury selection in Dallas Bandidos chapter President Jacob Carrizal’s trial to start the following day.

Johnson had intended the jury panel to fill out the questionnaires on Friday. However, that had to be postponed because of last-minute changes to a number of the questions submitted by prosecutors and Carrizal’s attorney, Casie Gotro, of Houston.

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