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  • Change of venue sought in Twin Peaks biker’s case

    02/06/2016 5:52:34 AM PST · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/6/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney representing a biker arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout is seeking to move his client's felony case from McLennan County. Dallas attorney Clint Broden, who represents Hewitt resident Matthew Clendennen, filed a change of venue motion Friday that seeks to try the case in another county because of what he describes as "pervasive, prejudicial and inflammatory" publicity about the unique case. The motion asks 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to move the trial to Travis, Dallas or Harris counties. Broden's motion cites quotes attributed in the local media to McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna,...
  • Waco: Lawyer for local Twin Peaks defendant files list of motions

    02/03/2016 3:45:44 PM PST · by don-o · 32 replies
    KWTX TV ^ | 1/3/16
    WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Dallas attorney who is representing a Hewitt man indicted in the Twin Peaks shooting rampage has filed a list of motions with a district court seeking information about the case investigators brought against his client. Clinton F. Broden represents Matthew Alan Clendennen, of Hewitt, who is one of the bikers who already has been indicted in the Twin Peaks shooting, charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. In three motions filed late Tuesday in the 54th District Court, Broden is asking the court to force prosecutors to reveal the identity of confidential informants and undercover police...
  • Commissioners to consider grant application for Twin Peaks cost reimbursement (Waco)

    02/01/2016 2:09:00 PM PST · by don-o · 4 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | 1/2/16 | Cassie Smith
    McLennan County commissioners Tuesday will consider approving a federal grant application to help cover costs associated with the deadly May 17 Twin Peaks shootout in Waco. Dustin Chapman, the county's legal counsel, said Friday he was still vetting the information and collecting the final tallies for the meeting Tuesday. But he said the biggest cost to submit to Gov. Greg Abbott's office is about $190,000 spent to house inmates at the Jack Harwell Detention Center. Chapman said other related costs include money spent on autopsies and overtime for the McLennan County Sheriff's Office. In the immediate aftermath of the shootout...
  • Judge denies motion to quash Twin Peaks biker’s indictment

    01/29/2016 2:46:50 PM PST · by Elderberry · 17 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/29/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A state district judge denied a motion Friday to quash the engaging in organized criminal activity indictment against a founding member of the Escondido motorcycle group and an active motorcyclists' rights advocate. Judge Ralph Strother rejected Thomas Paul Landers' request to dismiss the indictment after a brief hearing in 19th State District Court. Landers, 59, of Georgetown, was among 106 bikers indicted Nov. 10 on first-degree felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, with underlying offenses of murder and assault. Landers' attorney, Millie Thompson, of Austin, argued that the indictment should be thrown out because due process rights forbid...
  • Twin Peaks biker opposes DA’s motion to delay trial

    01/28/2016 12:18:55 PM PST · by Elderberry · 26 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/27/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    In a motion filed under the heading "Justice delayed is justice denied," an attorney for biker Matthew Clendennen said he opposes a prosecution motion seeking to delay Clendennen's trial, because he has all the video evidence he needs to prove his client's innocence. Dallas attorney Clint Broden lost little time in responding to McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna's motion, filed Tuesday, to postpone Clendennen's trial scheduled for Feb. 29. Clendennen, a member of the Scimitars motorcycle group, is one of 106 bikers indicted in November on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity in the May 17 Twin Peaks...
  • “Lots of Shooting” During Militia Arrests In Oregon

    01/28/2016 9:00:06 AM PST · by rktman · 60 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 1/28/2016 | Bob Owens
    An eyewitness and his daughter have provided the first outside account of the shootout between members of the Oregon militiamen who had seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge complex and a blocking force of FBI agents who kept the vehicle from escaping an attempted traffic stop.
  • DA asks to postpone Twin Peaks biker's trial

    01/27/2016 6:56:57 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 37 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | 1-26-16 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna is asking to postpone a Feb. 29 trial setting in the first Twin Peaks shootout case, saying that analysis of some evidence likely won’t be completed for a year. In a 19-page motion for continuance filed late Tuesday afternoon, Reyna asked 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to postpone the engaging in organized criminal activity trial of Matthew Alan Clendennen, 30, a member of the Scimitars motorcycle group from Hewitt. Clendennen was arrested the day of the shootout that left nine people dead and at least 20 others wounded. "As our Legislature has mandated,...
  • Oregon Occupier Killed In Standoff Climax Preferred Death To Prison (Claims of Hand up & Unarmed)

    01/27/2016 5:55:49 AM PST · by xzins · 310 replies
    TPM ^ | 27 Jan 16 | Rick Bowmer
    Four days after taking the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, LaVoy Finicum, a 55-year-old Arizona rancher told NBC News that he'd rather die than spend his days in prison. "There are things more important than your life and freedom is one of them," he said in early January as he sat huddled in a blue tarp outside of the wildlife refuge keeping watch with his gun in his lap. "I'm prepared to defend freedom." Finicum told NBC that night that he was staying outside to ensure that the FBI could find him if they came to arrest him....
  • Leader of Oregon occupation Ammon Bundy, at least 8 others arrested

    01/26/2016 6:41:31 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 6 replies
    KATU ^ | 1/26/16
    HARNEY COUNTY, Ore. — KATU News has learned the leader of the armed occupation at Malheur Wildlife Refuge has been arrested, along with three other individuals Tuesday evening.
  • A Survivor of the Waco Biker Shooting Talks about the Aftermath, Claims Police Didn't Help Wounded

    01/22/2016 12:41:44 PM PST · by don-o · 20 replies
    Dallas Observer ^ | 1/19/16 | Julie Lyons
    John Wilson, who leads the McLennan County chapter of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club, was in the Waco Twin Peaks parking lot when the shooting broke out on May 17 between the Bandidos and Cossacks. His son Jake Wilson was also there. John Wilson owns Legend Cycles in Waco. He and his son were arrested, along with 175 others, and later indicted on organized crime charges. John Wilson is one of the only Cossacks speaking out about what happened that day, and he insists that many of those arrested are innocent. His interview with Julie Lyons is excerpted here. Wilson begins...
  • McLennan County grand jury indictments: Jan. 20, 2016 [Waco]

    01/21/2016 8:56:50 AM PST · by don-o · 9 replies
    The following people were indicted Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 by a McLennan County grand jury. The District Attorney's Office no longer furnishes the age or city of residence of the people on this list.
  • Less than 20 of the 177 Waco bikers arrested after shootout still face charges

    08/29/2015 6:17:21 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 286 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 8/29/2015 | Jennifer Cruz
    The Texas Court of Appeals has determined over the last week that officials had probable cause in only five of the 177 arrests following a shootout between two rival biker gangs and local, state and federal authorities outside of a Waco restaurant in May, with just over a dozen more cases set to be reviewed over the next two weeks. Among those still facing charges are a Bandidos chaplain and a husband and wife. Officials also found probable cause against Bandidos members Marcus Pilkington, 36, and Reginald Weathers, 43, who ascertain they are being illegally confined and authorities lack sufficient...
  • City of Waco seeks nearly $250,000 for overtime, equipment in Twin Peaks shooting

    01/20/2016 6:15:42 AM PST · by don-o · 5 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | 1/19/16 | J.B. Smith
    Waco City Council signed off on the application Tuesday for a federal grant to offset the cost of responding to the Twin Peaks biker shootout last May 17. The city is seeking a $248,841 Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The bulk of the requested funding, more than $240,000, would go to the Waco Police Department for overtime and equipment, with small amounts going to Waco Transit, the Waco Fire Department and the police departments in Robinson, Woodway, Hewitt and Lorena. "Based on the feedback we've received, I believe we will receive a portion or all of...
  • Biker Kingdom: Who Are the Cossacks and What Happened in Waco?

    01/19/2016 8:11:56 AM PST · by Elderberry · 28 replies
    Houston Press ^ | 1/19/2016 | Julie Lyons
    Rattle Can was a real person. His family wants you to know that. He was a "big ol' bear" of a man, tall and strong and slightly rotund, with a long, ginger beard hiding a strong-jawed, handsome face. His given name was Jacob Lee Rhyne, though most people called him Jake. He could come off gruff, and he didn’t watch his language. Rhyne loved his kids and sports and Miller Lite. He worked at the same place for 19 years, pouring iron at a foundry. You couldn't drag him away from his hometown, Ranger, Texas, a decrepit place nearly a...
  • Warning to Military and Fed: Do Not Follow Orders to “Waco” Bundy Occupation, Risk Civil War 2

    01/16/2016 5:43:11 AM PST · by MikeSteelBe · 67 replies
    Oathkeepers Website ^ | 1/25/16 | Stewart Rhodes
    De Oppresso Liber? We Shall See This is addressed first and foremost to the entire U.S. military, but especially to the military Special Operations Command and community. Secondly, it is addressed to federal LEOs, and especially to their SRTs, such as the FBI HRT (many of whom are former military special operations). This comes from combat arms and special operations veterans, along with veteran Sheriffs and police officers, within the Oath Keepers organization: Critical Warning: The Ammon Bundy led occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon must be handled as a normal, non-crisis, law enforcement matter, and preferably...
  • Oregon Fire Chief Catches FBI Agents Posing as Militia – Quits His Job in Protest

    01/15/2016 2:49:33 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 42 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 1/14/2016
    This week, Harney County Fire Marshall Chris Briels resigned after discovering undercover FBI agents posing as militia members near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which has been the site of a standoff for weeks now. According to Briels, he found FBI agents who were impersonating militia members lurking around the town’s armory. When he inquired about the undercover operation with county Judge Steve Grasty he was told to back off. Just before this discovery was made, there were reports of people who looked like militia harassing locals, which is uncharacteristic of the protesters who initially assembled at the refuge. It...
  • Two more bikers plead not guilty in Twin Peaks shootings [Waco]

    01/12/2016 6:56:51 PM PST · by don-o · 5 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | 1/12/16 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Two more bikers indicted two months ago in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout pleaded not guilty Tuesday during brief court hearings. Two others had scheduled arraignments Tuesday in Waco's 54th State District Court, but one waived his court appearance and the fourth had his arraignment postponed while he seeks to hire an attorney. Judge Matt Johnson approved a request from Rene Cavazos, 47, a member of the Bandidos motorcycle group from Frisco, to have his GPS ankle monitor removed after no objection from prosecutor Amanda Dillon. Dusty Alan Oehlert, 32, of Hudson Oaks, also pleaded not guilty during his...
  • Arizona May Criminalize Recording Cops in Public

    01/11/2016 5:04:58 PM PST · by Boomer · 64 replies
    USA News ^ | Jan. 11, 2016 | Steven Nelson
    efore retiring to dry heat and a second career in politics, Arizona state Sen. John Kavanagh arrested criminals in Times Square and other New York-area transit areas -- and one heroin bust 40 years ago, he says, inspired his new, instantly controversial bill to criminalize close-up filming of police in public. The legislation would require people to be at least 20 feet away while recording “law enforcement activity” or farther if officers decide that’s needed. Recording inside private buildings such as homes would be allowed from “an adjacent room or area” unless an officer objects. Violations would be petty offenses...
  • Judge refuses to throw out Twin Peaks biker’s indictment (Waco)

    01/09/2016 9:24:30 AM PST · by don-o · 18 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | 1/8/16 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A judge declined to throw out an indictment Friday against a biker who saw his stepfather killed May 17 at Twin Peaks and claims to be a crime victim rather than a criminal defendant. Houston attorney Paul Looney, who represents Cody Ledbetter, a member of the Cossacks group from Waco, also failed in his attempt Friday to have a trial date set for Ledbetter after asserting for the third time his client's demand for a speedy trial. Looney alleged that Ledbetter's case should catapult to the top of Judge Ralph Strother's 19th State District Court felony docket because Ledbetter is...
  • Biker Attorney's Request To Set Trial Date Denied

    01/08/2016 6:17:34 PM PST · by Elderberry · 54 replies
    KCENTV.com ^ | 1/8/2016 | Rissa Shaw
    WACO -- A Houston-based attorney representing a biker indicted in the Twin Peaks case was denied a request for a trial date Friday. According to Paul Looney who represents a member of the Cossacks, Cody Ledbetter, 26, Judge Ralph Strother refused to give his client a trial setting and denied making the District Attorney’s Office tell him what his client did wrong in the Twin Peaks incident on May 17th that left nine bikers dead. Looney claims the thousands of pages of discovery documents fail to reference anything his client did wrong at that time. "In fact, he told me...
  • Friday A/V Club: NBC's Infamous Insta-Movie About Waco

    01/08/2016 1:41:04 PM PST · by OddLane
    Reason Magazine ^ | January 8, 2016 | Jesse Walker
    The events now unfolding at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have been compared and contrasted many times with the 1993 siege in Waco. Here is one significant difference: It's not nearly as hard to find different perspectives on the Oregon conflict. From the most high-minded political essays to the dumbest Facebook memes, the debate over the Oregon occupation has been open to a wide range of ideas about the case that set off the conflict, the goals of the people involved, and how the government ought to react. Six days into this saga, I've seen a lot of bloodthirsty garbage,...
  • DA agrees to release evidence to Twin Peaks biker’s lawyer without conditions

    01/07/2016 2:14:17 PM PST · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/7/2016 | CASSIE L. SMITH
    Attorney Robert Callahan called the release of information from the McLennan County District Attorney's Office a victory. Callahan withdrew his request Tuesday from the court to compel the prosecutors to release evidence in his client's case, as required by the Michael Morton Act. Callahan filed the motion last week after saying he had attempted on multiple occasions to get the information against his client, William Aikin, a biker charged in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. The DA's office was asking defense attorneys in the case to sign a release form related to public disclosures before getting evidence against their...
  • Blame The Waitresses

    01/06/2016 8:06:44 PM PST · by Elderberry · 23 replies
    The tragedy last May 17 in Waco. Texas was a rock that fell from the sky into the ocean. Now the rock is buried fathoms deep and only the ripples remain - spreading farther and farther. The local authorities, most notably District Attorney Abel Reyna. know exactly how those nine men died. Video At a glance, this is not a complicated case. The actual bloodshed was captured on multiple video cameras. A mere 42 seconds elapsed from the very first overhand right until the moment a Cossack named Wayne Lee Campbell made the mistake of trying to shoot it out...
  • Three Bandidos motorcycle gang leaders arrested on U.S. drug, violence charges

    01/06/2016 1:13:58 PM PST · by don-o · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/6/16 | Jon Herskovitz
    Three top leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, considered an outlaw gang by U.S. authorities, have been arrested on charges of racketeering, assault and drug distribution that could bring up to life in prison, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The arrests are expected to send shock waves through the Bandidos, who have about 1,500 to 2,000 members in the United States, prosecutors said. The Bandidos, one of the biggest U.S. motorcycle gangs, with branches overseas, are suspected of being involved in a shootout last May in Waco, Texas, between rival gangs that killed nine people. The three named in a grand...
  • Police are Even Targeting Motorcycle Clubs Committed to Child Welfare

    01/04/2016 3:01:39 PM PST · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    Motorcycle Profiling Project ^ | 1/3/2016 | David "Double D" Devereaux
    Discrimination against motorcycle clubs is well documented and irrefutable. Incidents of criminal activity are sensationalized and used to mischaracterize an entire class of people based on stereotype and appearance. It seems that no motorcycle club is immune. Not even those dedicated to the service and protection of abused children. Indeed, from Waco to New Mexico motorcycle organizations dedicated to the protection of children have been the victim of motorcycle discrimination and denied basic civil liberties solely because of expressing their associations. In New Mexico, the Guardians of Children were denied entrance into the Bernalillo County Courthouse unless they turned inside...
  • Nevada Supreme Court orders new trial in biker club killing (Waco)

    01/04/2016 1:16:30 PM PST · by don-o · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 1/1/16
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of assassinating a Hells Angel leader in a 2011 shootout between rival motorcycle clubs at a Reno-area casino. The high court issued its ruling Thursday overturning the conviction of Ernesto Gonzalez, 57, saying the district court abused its discretion by not answering a jury question about a conspiracy charge. Justices also said the lower court failed to split up decisions about guilt and whether Gonzalez should get a harsher penalty for gang involvement. "The cumulative effect of these errors deprived appellant of...
  • Filming the police (at a safe distance) is not a crime

    01/02/2016 10:28:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 2, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    In some parts of the country this seems to be a settled question but it’s still cropping up in a disturbing number of places. We’re seeing incidents where court cases are popping up over instances where private citizens out on public property wind up in court with the cops after filming the activities of police on the streets. This can go one of two ways: the citizen is in trouble for doing the filming and faces charges or the cops are on the stand because of how they reacted to the filming. Neither should be showing up on the docket,...
  • Twin Peaks biker's lawyer challenges DA's release form for evidence

    12/29/2015 5:32:21 PM PST · by Elderberry · 102 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 12/29/2015 | CASSIE L. SMITH
    An attorney for a biker charged after the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout is challenging the McLennan County District Attorney's requirement that he sign a release form to receive the prosecutors' evidence in the case. A hearing date has been set for 11 a.m. Jan. 15 before Judge Matt Johnson of Waco's 54th State District Court for a motion filed by Robert Callahan, whose client William Aikin was among the 106 indicted in the case so far. The noon-hour shootout left nine people dead and 20 wounded. Callahan's motion states he has not been able to receive the information after...
  • Twin Peaks lawyer: Stop legal chaos, start biker trials today (UPDATE)[Waco]

    12/28/2015 6:55:10 AM PST · by don-o · 77 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 16, 2015 | Dane Schiller
    A Houston lawyer, representing a biker charged in the Twin Peaks clash, traveled to Waco Monday with a bold offer that might be too intriguing for a judge not to indulge him. The plan, described in a motion filed in McLennan County, stands to save the 105 other defendants as well as prosecutors, police, and dozens of other lawyers and courthouse personnel from a massive, expensive legal boondoggle. As lawyer Paul Looney sees it, there is no way the county can handle the cost, time and logistics of prosecuting 106, and maybe more bikers, especially if most of them refuse...
  • Waco Blunders Through Its 'Biker Shootout' Investigation

    12/22/2015 7:58:49 AM PST · by don-o · 129 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 22, 2015 | Conor Friedersdorf
    The criminal-justice system in Waco, Texas, continues to boggle the mind. Last month, a grand jury in McClellan County held a marathon session to consider whether District Attorney Abel Reyna had presented enough evidence to justify indictments in the shootout at a May gathering of bikers where nine people were killed. In the wake of those killings, 177 bikers were arrested. Many proclaimed their innocence, and local authorities faced criticism for jailing so many individuals using fill-in-the-blank paperwork that didn't differentiate among the jailed. Still, the November grand jury session returned 106 indictments at the end of one day, some...
  • Bandido chaplain pleads not guilty in Twin Peaks case [Waco]

    12/22/2015 4:44:50 AM PST · by don-o · 17 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | December 21, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A 66-year-old minister for the Bandidos motorcycle group pleaded not guilty Monday to charges related to the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout among rival bikers. Lawrence Raymond Yager, of Buda, who also has said he serves as chaplain for two veterans groups, was arraigned Monday in Waco's 54th State District Court. Yager is on his third attorney since his examining trial in August. He was represented Monday by Austin attorney Franklin Bynum. Four other bikers were set for arraignments Monday, but they waived their court appearances. Bynum declined comment Monday. Yager is among 106 bikers indicted last month on first-degree...
  • Former Bandido president not guilty of aggravated assault

    12/19/2015 2:36:27 PM PST · by mac_truck · 6 replies
    KTXS ^ | Will Jensen
    ABILENE, Texas - A jury found Jack Lewis, the former president of the Abilene chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, not guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon late Wednesday afternoon. Lewis, 48, was on trial for stabbing Timothy Shayne Satterwhite, who is a member of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. It's all related to a fight in the Logan's Roadhouse parking lot in November of 2013. Wednesday afternoon Lewis took the stand in his own defense. He said he never stabbed anyone. A fellow Bandido MC member, Wesley Mason, testified he stabbed Satterwhite and another member of the Cossacks...
  • 10th Dead Biker's Name Included Among some Twin Peaks Indictments

    12/18/2015 9:16:58 PM PST · by Elderberry · 12 replies
    cbs19 ^ | 12/18/2015
    WACO -- McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna acknowledged Friday that a clerical error resulted in a 10th dead biker's name to be included among some of the indictments returned against 106 bikers in the Twin Peaks shooting. Only nine bikers were killed in the shootout on May 17th. The nine bikers killed are all listed on the indictments. That list is made up of Delgado Rodriguez, 65, Richard Matthew Jordan, III, 31, Jacob Lee Rhyne, 39, Richard Vincent Kirshner, Jr., 47, Wayne Lee Campbell, 43, Daniel Raymond Boyett, 44, Manuel Issac Rodriguez, 40, Matthew Mark Smith, 27, and Charles...
  • Twin Peaks indictments list 10th dead biker [Waco]

    12/18/2015 4:27:15 AM PST · by don-o · 12 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | December 17, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    While authorities have said for months that nine bikers died in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout, indictments in the cases attribute a 10th death to the melee. The names of the nine bikers killed in the clash of the rival groups have been widely reported. But it wasn't until recently, when the indicted bikers appeared in court for arraignments and the indictments were read aloud, that the inclusion of a 10th biker, identified in indictments as William Anderson, was noticed. Waco police and McLennan County prosecutors did nothing Thursday to help clear up the discrepancy. District Attorney Abel Reyna...
  • Two more Twin Peaks bikers plead not guilty

    12/17/2015 9:27:49 AM PST · by don-o · 29 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | December 16, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Two more bikers arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootings pleaded not guilty Wednesday during brief court hearings. Roy Covey, 28, of Clifton, and Jacob Reese, 30, of Mount Pleasant, were arraigned by 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson on engaging in organized criminal activity charges. The pair were among 106 bikers indicted Nov. 10 on identical charges for their alleged roles in the shootout that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 others wounded. Covey is affiliated with the Cossacks motorcycle group, while Reese's attorney, Steve Keathley, declined to say which group Reese rides with. Court officials...
  • Possible Waco Prosecution Defeat

    12/16/2015 6:23:55 PM PST · by Elderberry · 50 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 12/16/2015
    The prosecution in the case of the Waco Twin Peaks Massacre may have suffered a little defeat yesterday in Abilene, 185 miles from the scene of last Spring's crimes. The possible defeat occurred during the trial of Bandido Motorcycle Club member Curtis Jack Lewis. At the least, McLennan County Criminal District Attorney Abelino "Abel" Reyna showed his hand. Law Of Parties Many observers of the case, including some of the defense lawyers, have appeared to be genuinely baffled by the arrests and indictments of so many obviously innocent people for murder and assault during the aftermath of the most deadly...
  • Grand jury in Waco biker shooting to meet extra 90 days

    12/16/2015 1:45:53 PM PST · by House Atreides · 1 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 16, 2015 | Associated Press
    A Waco grand jury investigating the deadly shooting outside a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine people dead will meet for an extra 90 days. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the grand jury's term was extended Wednesday by State District Judge Matt Johnson.
  • Grand jury’s term extended to handle Twin Peaks investigation [Waco]

    12/16/2015 1:41:19 PM PST · by don-o · 45 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | December 15, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The term of the McLennan County grand jury that indicted 106 bikers in the Twin Peaks incident has been extended by 90 days so it can conclude its investigation into the deadly May 17 shootout. Judge Matt Johnson of Waco's 54th State District Court ordered the 90-day extension Wednesday, beginning when the grand jury's term expires Dec. 31. While the grand jury met on Wednesday, prosecutors did not present any cases related to the Twin Peaks incident. The panel has no more scheduled meetings before the end of the year and has not scheduled a date to return. The grand...
  • Who shot who in Waco biker clash? Answers expected soon

    12/16/2015 10:05:23 AM PST · by don-o · 18 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dane Schiller
    Authorities still do not know who shot who among nearly 200 bikers caught in a deadly melee at the Twin Peaks in Waco but expect to soon have the scientific evidence to answer questions that for seven months have eluded them. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators are nearly finished with ballistics and other tests on 151 firearms, as well as 29 bullet fragments and 30 cartridge cases recovered from the scene that was especially complex given the number of people and guns involved. It is unclear if the fragments being tested by the ATF are all that...
  • Biker seeks to block state prosecution of Twin Peaks cases [Waco]

    12/16/2015 5:43:26 AM PST · by don-o · 13 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | December 15, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for a Hewitt biker arrested in the Twin Peaks shootout said Tuesday he intends to ask a federal judge to block the state from prosecuting his client in state district court. Dallas attorney Clint Broden told 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson that he will seek a federal court injunction to bar state prosecutors from proceeding with first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charges against his client, Matthew Clendennen. Johnson arraigned Clendennen, 30, a member of the Scimitars motorcycle group, and Cossacks Ronald Atterbury, 46, of Gatesville, and Kyle Smith, 49, of Kilgore, during brief court hearings...
  • New Information in the Waco Biker Case Shows 4 Died From Police Bullets

    12/15/2015 1:20:33 PM PST · by don-o · 18 replies
    Texas Standard ^ | December 15, 2015 | Rhonda Fanning
    May's deadly biker shootout in Waco reportedly left nine dead, many others wounded and more than 170 arrested. Since the shootout, there's been an ongoing legal battle. Until recently, there's been precious little to say further about this incident, with a few exceptions. A gag order has made the police version of events the only real version we've had to discuss. But thanks to thousands of pages of once court-protected documents leaked to the media, we now have new clues to what actually happened that day. Newly obtained evidence by the Associated Press reveals that four of the nine people...
  • Quanell X: Waco cops should admit shooting bikers

    12/14/2015 1:34:20 PM PST · by Elderberry · 15 replies
    blog.chron.com ^ | 12/14/2015 | Dane Schiller
    With word that Waco Police shot four of the bikers who died during the melee at outside the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco seven months ago comes the question: Why didn't authorities come clean months ago? Ballistics tests show that the four dead were shot with bullets from the same type of rifles used by Waco Police officers that Sunday in May. The Associated Press broke the story after reviewing restricted court documents that had been privately shared with defense attorneys by prosecutors. It is still unclear which officers --- fired their weapons and exactly why.---
  • Coverage of New Video in Waco Biker Shooting Reveals Media Bias

    12/13/2015 10:03:33 AM PST · by don-o · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 13, 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    New video released of the May shooting that occurred outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, raises more questions than it answers about what really happened that day. One of the biggest takeaways from the incident may be the nationwide media blackout on what could be the biggest story of police misconduct in 2015. The May shooting left nine dead, four of whom had no criminal records in Texas. Over 170 bikers were immediately arrested on cookie-cutter charges and given $1,000,000 bail each. The story immediately made national headlines as a "biker shootout" and Black Lives Matter activists were...
  • New video shows beginning of Waco biker shootout

    12/13/2015 4:50:59 AM PST · by don-o · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | December 12, 2015 | Michael Martinez, Nick Valencia and Jason Morris
    (CNN)New video obtained by CNN shows one camera's angle earlier this year on the beginning of the bloodbath among motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas, as bikers nervously circle, attack, and ultimately fall or flee.
  • Report: 4 bikers killed in Waco shooting with rifle-type police use

    12/11/2015 11:17:55 AM PST · by don-o · 78 replies
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Four of the nine people killed in a melee between rival biker gangs outside a Texas restaurant were struck by the same caliber of rifle fired by Waco police, according to evidence obtained by The Associated Press that provides the most insight yet into whether authorities were responsible for any of the deaths and injuries. The latest trove of potential grand jury evidence reviewed by the AP depicts a chaotic, bloody scene in which police swarmed into the shootout between rival biker gangs on May 17 outside the Twin Peaks restaurant that left about 20...
  • Looney Villifies The Bandits

    12/10/2015 5:48:36 PM PST · by Elderberry · 3 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 12/9/2015
    Cody Ledbetter's lawyer, Paul Looney of Houston, will reportedly file a "Motion To Quash And Exception To Substance Of Indictment" on his client's behalf. Ledbetter, a member of the Cossack's Motorcycle Club, was wounded during a very bloody brawl at a Texas Coalition of Clubs and Independents meeting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas last May 17. Ledbetter's father, Raymond Boyette, was killed during the brawl. Police reports state that Ledbetter was also shot during the tragic encounter. Ledbetter was arrested at Hillcrest hospital in Waco. Looney, and Dane Schiller of the Houston Chronicle have insisted that Ledbetter...
  • Lawyer in Twin Peaks case: What threat posed by unarmed man with arm in a sling?

    12/09/2015 7:32:32 AM PST · by Elderberry · 22 replies
    blog.chron.com ^ | 12/9/2015 | Dane Schiller
    The day of the Waco Twin Peaks biker clash, Cossacks Motorcycle Club member Cody Ledbetter arrived at the restaurant unarmed in a rental car. His right arm was in a sling from a recent accident. And by a few minutes after noon, he was scrambling for his life and saw his father, a Cossacks leader, get shot in the back of the head. Nothing Ledbetter did was criminal, contends lawyer Paul Looney, of Houston who is asking a state district judge to quash the indictment against Ledbetter on the grounds it does not specify how he allegedly engaged in
  • Arraignments for Twin Peaks Bikers Scheduled all Week

    12/09/2015 3:45:45 AM PST · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    KCENTV.com ^ | 12/8/2015
    WACO -- Two people pleaded not guilty Monday in the first arraignment hearings in the case of the more than 180 bikers arrested after a the deadly shootout at the Twin Peaks in Waco. Eight people indicted on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with the May 17 shootings were set to be arraigned in district court Monday but six waived their arraignments. On Tuesday, John Moya, Robert Robertson, Trey Short, and Seth Smith pleaded not guilty. All others scheduled for Tuesday waived their arraignments. Nine people died and 20 were injured during the shootout between police...
  • Mystery biker appears in court in wheelchair

    12/08/2015 10:37:19 AM PST · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    blog.chron.com ^ | 12/8/2015 | Dane Schiller
    WACO _ Clifford Pearce, the biker who police had placed at the center of the Twin Peaks deadly clash, but for months had not been charged with a crime, is paralyzed. While sitting in a wheelchair, Pearce rolled up a ramp an into a Waco courtroom Monday. untitled Clifford Pearce He pleaded not guilty to a McLennan County indictment alleging he engaged in organized crime as part of a clash between the Cossacks and Bandidos motorcycle clubs. It was the first time Pearce made a public appearance since the May melee
  • Twin Peaks biker seeks to quash indictment, asks for speedy trial [Waco]

    12/07/2015 5:10:58 PM PST · by don-o · 22 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | December 7, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for a Waco biker who was wounded in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout asked a judge to dismiss the indictment against his client Monday or give him the earliest possible trial date. Judge Ralph Strother of Waco's 19th State District Court arraigned Cody Ledbetter, a Cossack, and Clifford Pearce, a Cossack pledge, who both pleaded not guilty to first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charges, with the underlying offenses alleged to be murder and assault. Like Ledbetter, Pearce, also from Waco, was wounded in the shootout and attended Monday's hearing in a wheelchair. His attorney, Kurt...