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Texas Motorcycle Clubs show what biker meetings are about after Twin Peaks Mistrial

The sound of their motorcycle exhaust pipes will get your attention, but bikers say they do not want to cause fear or intimidation.

Bikers across Texas said they have had enough with law enforcement calling them corrupt and criminals. They said since the deadly Twin Peaks shooting happened in May of 2015, there has been a bad stigma attached to their motorcycle clubs.

"We're totally involved in our community, but you never hear about that. All you hear is about is the crap when they bust some of the big boys," Wolverine Motorcycle Club member Mike Drutter said.
 

More than 100 bikers, including veterans, showed up at Scooters Bar and Grill Sunday in Garland for a Region 2 Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting.

"The COCI was started for righteous reasons. We work legislative issues, and we work charitable issues," Mel Moss of Sons of Liberty Motorcycle club said.

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Judge denies bond reduction for man accused of killing motorcycle club president

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — A judge decided to keep bond the same for the man accused of killing the local Bandidos Motorcycle Club chapter president an at east El Paso bar.

Javier Gonzalez, 34, was arrested in August on suspicion of involvement in the shooting death of Juan Martinez, 61.

The shooting happened on July 30 at Mulligans Chopped Hog and left four people injured.

Investigators said Gonzalez was part of the rival Kinfolk motorcycle club.

In Friday’s court proceeding, prosecutors told the judge one of the shooting victims is in a hospital and might die.

The judge warned the defense that if that victim dies, Gonzalez may face capital murder charges.

The state also said there’s a video of the shooting.

The judge denied the defense’s request to lower the bond, and it remains at more than $1 million.

A jury trial is scheduled for May 2018

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Mistrial declared in Twin Peaks case

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A mistrial was declared Friday afternoon in the trial of the first Twin Peaks shootout defendant after jurors reached consensus on one of three counts late Friday morning, but told the judge they could not agree on the other two.

Jurors sent a note to the judge at around 11:15 a.m. that said there was no chance they could reach a verdict on the other two counts against Jacob Carrizal, 35.

Carrizal, the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, is 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 that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 injured.

The note said some jurors are willing to wait, but unwilling to review evidence.

Thu
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'There was going to be a war': Waco biker bloodbath goes to jury

(video)--A Texas jury on Thursday began deliberating the fate of a motorcycle club leader who could face life in prison for his role in a ferocious gunbattle that left nine bikers dead.

Jake Carrizal, who heads the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, is charged with directing criminal activity that led to the deadly brawl between members of the Bandidos and Cossacks at Twin Peaks Restaurant in May 2015.

Carrizal is one of more than 170 bikers arrested following the shootout — and the first of 154 who were indicted to face trial. The jury's decision could have a major impact on those cases.

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Texas Judge Won’t Drop Charges in Biker Shootout Trial

WACO, Texas (CN) – A Texas judge refused Monday to drop charges against a Dallas leader of the Bandidos motorcycle gang after defense attorneys argued the prosecution had been intentionally withholding evidence in the case over a restaurant shootout that killed nine bikers.

McLellan County District Court Judge Matt Johnson rejected the motion by Casie Gotro, attorney for Jacob “Jake” Carrizal, 35, of Dallas, who is charged with two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity and one count of directing organized criminal activity in the violent shootout with the rival Cossacks gang at a Twin Peaks “breastaurant” in Waco on May 17, 2015. Nine bikers died and 20 were injured.

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Defense begins case in Twin Peaks Biker Shootout Trial

(video)--WACO - Another emotional day in the trial of Dallas Bandido leader Jake Carrizal wrapped up Monday as the defense began it's case. Carrizal is facing charges of engaging in criminal activity and directing activities of a street gang for his alleged involvement in the 2015 Twin Peaks Biker shootout that left nine people dead.

The defense kicked things off by asking for Carrizal's charges to be dropped, saying the state was withholding evidence. That request was denied by the judge, the defense however fired back calling the state unethical and criminal. There was then a 45 minute recess following that argument to allow the defense to review new materials.

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Bikers pour into Galveston for Lone Star Rally

(video)--GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) --

It's the largest four day motorcycle rally in the U.S.

"It's very special this year," rider Ray Barker, of Austin, said.

This year, the sound of hundreds of thousands of revving engines is the sound of recovery.

"It was very important this year for our club to come down and support all the people from Galveston. We know that they had a devastating event that happened here and we're happy to help them get back on their feet," Baker added.

Galveston was spared the worst of Harvey as some businesses were only closed for a couple of weeks for minor clean-up.

Dennis Byrd, owner of "The Spot," a popular bar and restaurant on the seawall, says the impact on the riders who come every year wasn't known.

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Mistrial declared in Bandidos biker beating case

A mistrial was declared Friday in the trial of an El Paso Bandidos member accused in the beatings of two rival motorcycle club members.

A jury was unable to reach unanimous decision in the trial of Thomas Decarlo. 

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for more than eight hours over two days before telling 205th District Court Judge Francisco X. Dominguez at about midday Friday that they were unable to agree on a verdict.

Decarlo is facing one count of engaging in organized criminal activity-aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is facing up to 99 years or life in prison if he convicted on the charge.

More: Bandido could face life in prison if convicted in El Paso biker battle

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New Evidence Appears in Waco Biker Shootout Trial

WACO, Texas (CN) – An apologetic judge on Wednesday recessed the trial of a Dallas leader of the Bandidos motorcycle gang for the rest of the week, citing new audio evidence turned over by police.

“I am sincerely sorry for the delay, but it is unavoidable,” state District Judge Matt Johnson told jurors. “We have to make sure the trial is tried correctly and in accordance with all the rules.”

Jacob “Jake” Carrizal, 35, of Dallas, is charged with directing organized criminal activity in the violent shootout with the rival Cossacks gang at a Twin Peaks “breastaurant” in Waco on May 17, 2015. Nine bikers died and 20 were injured.

More than 150 defendants were charged. Carrizal is the first to go to trial. He faces up to life in state prison if convicted.

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Prosecutors rest their case in the first Twin Peaks shooting trial

(video)--The state has rested its case in the first Twin Peaks shooting trial of Dallas Bandido Jake Carrizal.

Watch a recap of Tuesday morning's testimony by clicking here. Some of the testimony was not captured on camera briefly because the judge shut off the live feed.

For a recap of Monday's testimony, click here.

Carrizal is 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.

The May 17, 2015 Twin Peaks shootout left nine people dead, 18 injured and 177 arrested.

The trial will resume at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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