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Employee testifies about seeing first shot in Twin Peaks melee

A biker with a “big yellow helmet” who appeared to be in charge pulled out a “long, ‘Dirty Harry’-type pistol” and fired the first shot in the May 2015 Twin Peaks biker brawl, a former Twin Peaks employee testified Tuesday.

While testimony thus far has not revealed who was wearing the “big yellow helmet,” previous video and photographic evidence presented by the state show Jacob Carrizal leading a band of Bandidos into Twin Peaks while riding a shiny blue motorcycle and wearing a yellow helmet.

Also, a CNN special on the one-year anniversary of the shootout featured an interview with Carrizal, who said he was punched by a Cossack seconds after he pulled up. A CNN announcer identifies Carrizal on video footage as the biker leading the group into Twin Peaks and wearing a yellow helmet.

It is unclear how many other bikers were wearing yellow helmets that day.

Tue
24
Oct
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Twin Peaks biker's attorney says email proves DA Reyna under federal investigation

A Twin Peaks shootout defense attorney claims a 2013 email from an FBI agent to local authorities proves McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna lied when he claimed last week he is not now, nor has ever been, under federal investigation.

Waco attorney Robert Callahan, who is representing biker William Chance Aikin, of Talco, released an email from FBI agent Dan Brust to Waco police detective Sherry Kingrey and two other local investigators sent in February 2013. In the email, Brust asks all three investigators about unspecified information regarding “the potential corruption,” and possible information confidential informants may have.

Tue
24
Oct
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Officers give emotional testimony about Waco shooting

Officer Ben Rush was moved to tears when he described the scene, saying it “looked like a horror movie”
 

WACO, Texas — Two police officers gave emotional testimonies about a fatal shooting that broke out between bikers.

KCEN reported that Officer Ben Rush was moved to tears when he testified in the trial against Dallas Bandido Christopher Jake Carrizal, and said he went to work that day thinking it was going to be easy overtime.

Sat
21
Oct
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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