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  • Waco: DA will decide in April about remaining Twin Peaks cases

    03/26/2019 6:12:53 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    kwtx ^ | 3/20/2019 | John Carroll
    McLennan County District Attorney Barry Johnson, who’s 75 days into his first term, says he will make a decision in early April on what to do with the remaining Twin Peaks cases. "Without a doubt, the Twin Peaks cases that I've inherited, and there are 24 of them, have taken most of our time and emotional energy by going through those cases,” he said. "Certainly out of the 24, I think we are looking at some dismissals." Johnson retained most of the staff of former DA Abel Reyna and brags about their abilities and skills.

    03/17/2019 4:45:48 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies ^ | 2/26/2019 | Harry Storm
    While you sit and read about intellectual property in a boutique law firm where Abelino is now, you feel all warm and cuddly, well, that’s what the Trib thinks, or, hell, “Lala” land is in the water downtown. The “favors” are in their third or fourth generation now and everyone owes everyone something from back during the Davidian thing, or TWIN PEAKS, or something that happened in 1958, who the hell knows. The truth is that Abel did what he did and soon the County will file a motion that says Abel acted on his own outside the scope of...
  • Waco Uncovered.The story of an American Tragedy almost four years later. Bandidos side of Twin Peaks

    03/03/2019 5:59:00 PM PST · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    Second episode of Waco Uncovered. The Bandidos Side of the Tragedy. We had the Cossacks side on episode one and now we dive into the lead up to Waco. The only trial which has been held connected to Twin Peaks and blatant Prosecutor Misconduct. We will explore the Cossack Side, Bandidos Side as well as the aftermath.
  • Death-row inmate says cryptic last words before fight breaks out at execution

    03/01/2019 12:20:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | Amy Lieu |
    A Texas death-row inmate who was executed Thursday for killing his estranged wife's family nearly 30 years ago, uttered cryptic final words before he died. "That'll be five dollars," Billie Wayne Coble, 70, of Waco, reportedly said. He told the five witnesses in attendance to "take care," according to reports. His son, Gordon Coble, pounded on the execution chamber windows and shouted "no" as his father was executed, the Houston Chronicle reported. Another son Dalton joined his brother, the report said. Officers stepped in and say the witnesses continued to resist. They were eventually moved to a courtyard and the...
  • Waco Biker Prosecutions Continue to Fall Apart as Last Set of Original Indictments Dismissed

    02/26/2019 3:52:39 PM PST · by Elderberry · 47 replies
    Reason ^ | 2/26/2019 | Brian Doherty
    Nearly four years ago, over 170 people were arrested after a violent altercation outside a meeting of motorcycle club members at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, was swarmed by police, who had already surrounded the meeting before anything untoward occurred. Nine people were killed and 18 wounded in the melee. This week, the last of the initial set of charges was dropped after a special prosecutorial team didn't like what it saw. From the start, lawyers and others pointed out that it was very unlikely indeed that all the arrested had committed any crimes at all, and that...
  • More Twin Peaks cases dismissed by special prosecutors (Waco)

    02/25/2019 6:15:40 PM PST · by Elderberry · 32 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/25/2019 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    One of four Houston attorneys assigned to handle four Twin Peaks biker cases as special prosecutors dismissed the remaining three cases Monday and called the way the McLennan County District Attorney's Office handled the 2015 deadly shootout a "harebrained scheme" that was "patently offensive" to him. Special prosecutors Brian Roberts, Brian Benken, Feroz Merchant and Mandy Miller filed motions Monday to dismiss the first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charges against bikers William Chance Aikin, Billy McCree and Ray Nelson. The motions to dismiss said, "Upon reviewing all the facts, circumstances and evidence, it is the state's position that...
  • State commission warns Judge Strother for picking detective as grand jury foreman (Waco)

    02/23/2019 6:37:24 AM PST · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/22/2019 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Waco judge received a public warning Wednesday after a state commission determined he showed bias favoring law enforcement by appointing a Waco police detective as foreman of a McLennan County grand jury in July 2015. Judge Ralph Strother of 19th State District Court was issued a public warning by the 13-member State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which investigated the judge after a complaint was lodged by Austin attorney Millie Thompson, who was representing three bikers arrested in the deadly May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout. Strother, McLennan County’s senior state district judge, declined comment on the warning Friday. “I complained...
  • New DA's early efforts aimed at quicker case handling, shorter pretrial jail stays (Waco)

    02/16/2019 6:46:23 PM PST · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/16/2019 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    In the 47 days since Barry Johnson became McLennan County district attorney, he and his staff have tried to reverse the ravages that the Twin Peaks shootout cases and the stagnant final nine months of Abel Reyna's administration took on the county's criminal justice system. After Johnson beat Reyna in the March primary, a frequent mantra around the courthouse was, "Let's wait to see what Barry wants to do about that." That wait-and-see philosophy and the unprecedented overall slowdown created by 151 felony Twin Peaks cases being dumped into the system all at once ballooned the dockets in Waco's two...
  • Governor proposes new anti-gang center for Waco

    02/07/2019 6:05:19 PM PST · by Elderberry · 12 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/7/2019 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Hoping to build on the successes of six anti-gang centers across the state, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is proposing to add two new crime-fighting centers, including one in Waco. Abbott announced plans for new Texas anti-gang centers in Waco and Tyler in September and reiterated his resolve to fund the creation of the two new centers and to give additional funding for the six existing centers, during his state of the state address. "The State of Texas is sending a message to criminals and gang members that any attempts to compromise the safety of our communities will not be tolerated,"...
  • Courts gear up for high-profile Waco cases in new year

    01/27/2019 5:31:23 AM PST · by Elderberry · 17 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/26/2019 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    After the annual holiday slowdown and monthslong delays while waiting for a changing of the guard in the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office, judges are poised to handle a number of high-profile criminal cases that have long been pending. February is going to be a busy month in Judge Ralph Strother’s 19th State District Court, with a capital murder trial, a sexual assault trial of a former Baylor University football player and hearings involving 2015 Twin Peaks shootout defendants scheduled. After Barry Johnson defeated two-term incumbent Abel Reyna in the March Republican primary to become the new district attorney, the...
  • What Do You Do, When The Police Show Up At Your Door...And They Intend To Kill You?

    01/26/2019 12:21:04 AM PST · by OddLane · 34 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/28/19 | Youtube
    On the 25th "anniversary" of the government siege of the Branch Davidian property outside of Waco, TX, Mance talks to the producer and narrator of the 1997 documentary, "Waco - The Rules of Engagement.," Dan Gifford. In this expose, Dan was the first to reveal the lies, and outright crimes, State agents committed against a group of people that turned out to be innocent of any misconduct under the law.
  • Ex-DA Reyna joins Houston-based law firm in new Waco office

    01/14/2019 5:10:14 PM PST · by Elderberry · 3 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/14/2019 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Abel Reyna, fresh off his post as McLennan County district attorney, has accepted a job in Waco with a Houston-based law firm that specializes in intellectual property. Reyna's future has been the subject of wide speculation since Barry Johnson defeated the two-term district attorney in the March Republican primary. Johnson took over the DA's office from Reyna earlier this month. In a news release announcing Reyna's association, the Patterson + Sheridan firm, which calls itself an "IP law boutique," said Reyna joining the firm as of counsel will continue the firm’s growth in intellectual property litigation, business litigation, criminal defense...
  • Major shakeup on horizon for local judiciary roster (Waco)

    01/06/2019 11:00:15 AM PST · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/5/2019 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    As the dust settles from the 2018 midterm elections, a potential shake-up of unprecedented proportions is brewing quietly around the historically stable McLennan County judiciary. Traditionally, once McLennan County judges get into office, many remain for decades and rarely are challenged for re-election. But a number of domino-effect changes to that equation in coming years could project the current slate of local judges onto a turnover carousel and result in a dramatically different roster. Aside from possible changes at the McLennan County Courthouse, U.S. District Judge Alan Albright started the process of replacing a longstanding judge when he was sworn...
  • Waco PD Possibly Caught in a Lie – The Truth behind Twin Peaks Shootout is coming to a head.

    01/04/2019 8:06:53 PM PST · by Elderberry · 12 replies
    Harley Liberty ^ | January 4, 2019
    Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer F. Clinton Broden of the Dallas based criminal defense firm Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes LLP obtained a copy of the search warrants issued on July 12, 2015 to search the mobile phones of the Waco bikers, including the mobile phone of his client (Matthew Clendennen), which were seized during their arrests on May 17, 2015. The Waco police department’s affidavits requesting these search warrants, like the criminal complaints used to arrest the 177 bikers in this case, were simply “fill in the name” documents without any individual probable cause. Broden noted that the search warrant...
  • Skeletal remains of 2 women found in home in local suburb

    12/17/2018 7:44:02 PM PST · by bgill · 41 replies
    kwtx ^ | Dec. 14, 2018 | John Carroll
    Autopsies were ordered after the skeletal remains of a 75-year-old woman and her 41-year old daughter were found Tuesday tucked into beds in a home in Lacy Lakeview, north of Waco. A family member who came into town from out of state made the gruesome discovery Tuesday after getting no response at the door at the home in the 200 block of Avenue G and crawling through a window, Lacy Lakeview police Chief John Truehitt said Friday. Truehitt identified the women as Chiyo Mahon and her daughter, Kaurie Mahon. The two had been dead for months, he said... A second...

    12/13/2018 12:29:18 PM PST · by Elderberry · 18 replies ^ | 12/13/2018 | Harry Storm
    Thousands have signed a petition calling for the judge in an ex-Baylor frat president’s rape case to resign or be removed from office after he accepted a plea deal that involved no jail time. On Monday, Judge Ralph Strother accepted the plea agreement for Jacob W. Anderson, a former Baylor student who was accused of raping a woman referred to as Donna Doe in 2016. As part of the deal, Anderson agreed to plea to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint and will not have to register as a sex offender. Strother and Assistant District Attorney Hilary LaBorde, who prosecuted...
  • Victim's outrage as former Baylor fraternity president accused of violently raping..gets NO [tr]

    12/11/2018 5:29:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Decmber 10, 2018 | Snejana Farberov
    A Texas judge on Monday accepted a controversial plea deal sparing a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of rape any jail time, prompting outrage from the victim and her parents. Judge Ralph Strother signed off on the plea agreement for 24-year-old Jacob Walter Anderson, who was indicted on sexual assault charges and pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint. A no contest plea means a defendant does not admit guilt, but will offer no defense.
  • Judge says Twin Peaks civil lawsuits can proceed(Waco)

    12/04/2018 7:40:09 AM PST · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 11/30/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A federal judge lifted a stay Friday in the civil rights lawsuits filed by more than 100 bikers arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout in Waco and said the lawsuits can proceed. U.S. District Judge Alan Albright’s ruling during a 40-minute teleconference with attorneys in the cases does not include the two dozen bikers with pending criminal cases in McLennan County, only those with civil suits pending whose criminal cases have been dismissed or those who were never indicted. The lawsuits allege McLennan County, city of Waco and state officials violated the plaintiffs’ civil rights by wrongfully arresting the...
  • American Derringer Pistol

    11/02/2018 5:09:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 45 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 11/2/2018 | J Dickson
    Small hideout guns tend to be small caliber and that means ineffectual stoppers. The current crop of ultra-light polymer-framed .32s and .380s with double action only trigger mechanisms are also very hard to hit anything with. There is a more effective alternative available. American Derringer has beefed up the traditional Remington Double Derringer to .45 Colt caliber and it also will chamber the 2½-inch .410 shotgun shells. The .45 Colt is a one-shot stopper with a hit to the vitals, and you have two shots. It is a close range weapon, but then most gunfights are also close range and...
  • Twin Peaks trials postponed until new DA takes office (Waco)

    10/28/2018 7:09:05 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 3 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/27/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    There will be no trials in 2018 involving Twin Peaks biker defendants after a state district judge granted a defense motion to postpone what would have been the second Twin Peaks trial. Timothy Shayne Satterwhite, of Gordon, a member of the Cossacks biker group, was set to stand trial Nov. 5 in Waco’s 54th State District Court. However, Satterwhite’s attorney, Bob Gill, of Fort Worth, filed a motion this week seeking to postpone the trial because he is involved in other trials in late October and early November. Judge Matt Johnson approved his motion and reset Satterwhite’s trial for Jan....