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  • Twin Peaks shootout biker takes Carrizal's retrial date (Waco)

    02/19/2018 6:40:22 PM PST · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/19/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Cody Ledbetter has been trying to get his day in court for almost three years as the specter of witnessing his stepfather's death in the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout and his pending indictment hang over his life. Ledbetter and his attorney, Paul Looney, of Houston, got their wish Monday when 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson gave them the April 2 trial date initially reserved for the retrial of Jacob Carrizal, president of the Dallas Bandidos chapter, whose November trial ended in a mistrial. Ledbetter's stepfather, Daniel Boyett, was shot and killed at Twin Peaks during the Sunday afternoon brawl...
  • Twin Peaks haze hangs over DA's race (Waco)

    02/17/2018 8:04:52 PM PST · by Elderberry · 19 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/17/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Abel Reyna and Barry Johnson both have deep roots in McLennan County. Both men like to talk about their fathers and grandfathers. Reyna's father, Felipe Reyna, is a former McLennan County district attorney and a former justice on the 10th Court of Appeals. His grandfather was the janitor at the McLennan County Courthouse and was loved by county employees. Johnson's father, Joe N. Johnson, was a McLennan County justice of the peace for 24 years and was judge in 170th State District Court for 16 years. His grandfather owned and operated the first service station in Waco at South Fifth...
  • After 30 Months, Cossack Granted A Trial Date(Waco)

    02/17/2018 6:58:03 AM PST · by Elderberry · 11 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 2/17/2018
    The first Cossack to face a trial jury in the Twin Peaks cases got his day in court by default when the new attorney representing the first defendant to stand trial in a second go-round due to mistrial declared he’s not ready for trial. At that point, 54th Criminal District Judge Matt Johnson shifted gears and scheduled the trial of Cossack Cody Ledbetter as a result of vigorous pre-trial maneuvers by Ledbetter’s attorney, Paul Looney of Hempstead, who has an extensive criminal practice in Houston and the counties surrounding the Bayou City. The case of Dallas Bandidos President Jake Carrizal...
  • Abel Reyna Faces Hot Seat In ‘At Least’ 10 More Cases (Waco)

    02/16/2018 12:34:31 PM PST · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 2/16/2018
    If the DA takes the witness stand in additional disqualification hearings, he will no doubt find himself answering questions about his utterance of a falsehood on the witness stand, something the law defines as aggravated perjury, a felony crime. The defense bar representing clients in the Twin Peaks cases is eagerly awaiting two hearings scheduled in the cases of at least 10 defendants who seek to disqualify the elected Criminal District Attorney, Abel Reyna, on grounds of multiple acts of criminal misconduct. According to Gary D. Smart, an Arlington attorney, 19th Criminal District Judge Ralph T. Strother has scheduled hearings...
  • Twin Peaks defendant welcomes Reyna’s testimony, attorney says (Waco)

    02/15/2018 6:32:46 PM PST · by Elderberry · 3 replies
    KWTX ^ | 2/15/2017 | Paul J. Gately
    An Arlington lawyer said Thursday his client welcomes an opportunity to have McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna testify at an open hearing set for March 1. Gary D. Smart, who represents Raymond Hawes, III, has filed a motion to recuse Reyna, and he says 11 other lawyers who represent bikers have also filed motions seeking Reyna's dismissal from prosecuting still more Twin Peaks trials. Smart said his, and several other similar motions, are set for hearing before 19th District Judge Ralph Strother on March 1 and any testimony offered that day could involve both current and former prosecutors and...
  • AG declines to prosecute Twin Peaks case (Waco)

    02/14/2018 7:17:46 AM PST · by Elderberry · 17 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/13/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The Texas Attorney General’s Office will not help McLennan County prosecute a Twin Peaks case McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna recused his office from last week. Hours before a hearing in which Reyna had been subpoenaed to testify, he dismissed 13 cases that had been pending almost three years, refused prosecution in eight others that had not been indicted and recused his office in the Twin Peaks shootout case involving Billy Jason McRee, a former Cossack from Seagoville. Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court thought the county could save money by asking the AG’s office to...
  • EDITORIAL: DA Reyna’s desperate acts betray his true instincts(Waco)

    02/11/2018 6:28:28 AM PST · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/10/2018
    With McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna desperately dumping Twin Peaks biker cases right and left in recent days, the astonished taxpayer must demand honesty of himself if not of Reyna: Does anyone really believe Reyna has suddenly been struck by an epiphany that has stubbornly eluded him in the three years since the May 17, 2015, biker shootout that left nine dead and 20 wounded? -this epiphany has to do with political odds, not any interest in justice. And it must have been some epiphany. Reyna is credited with hijacking a Waco police murder investigation in 2015 and throwing...
  • Twin Peaks Dismissals: No Expunction Possible, Says Lawyer – ‘Probable Cause’

    02/10/2018 6:59:08 AM PST · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    The motions for dismissal approved by 54th Criminal District Judge Matt Johnson offer defendants no possible avenue for expunction of their record, nor does the language of the order hold any hope to recover damages in a civil rights case. Notice that the reason ticked off in the form is “other,” and adds the missive, and for cause would show the Court the following: While probable cause for the Defendant’s arrest and prosecution remains, based on continued investigation, the State is exercising its prosecutorial discretion in dismissing this matter in order to focus its efforts and resources on co-defendants with...
  • 'Twin Peaks dam' breaking with dismissal of 13 cases, biker's lawyer says

    02/08/2018 7:46:57 PM PST · by Elderberry · 77 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/8/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for one of the bikers indicted in the deadly 2015 Twin Peaks shootout said it appears the "Twin Peaks dam" is starting to break with the dismissal of charges against 13 bikers Thursday. Meanwhile, the same attorney, Brian Bouffard, said McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna only dropped the cases in a show of "moral cowardice by an elected official" to avoid adverse testimony at a scheduled Thursday hearing to disqualify his office. Two district judges signed orders submitted to them by the DA's office Thursday morning dismissing charges against 13 bikers arrested in the May 17, 2015,...
  • DA to seek to dismiss charges against more than 20 Twin Peaks bikers(Waco)

    02/08/2018 6:10:22 AM PST · by Elderberry · 19 replies
    KWTX ^ | 2/7/2018 | John Carroll
    <p>The sources identified the 13 indicted bikers as Andrew Stroer, 52, of San Antonio; Marco DeJong, 40, of Marion; William Redding, 37, of Austin; Jorge Salinas, 27, of Lometa; Michael Moore, 44, of Fort Worth; Colter Bajovich, 30, of Gatesville; Boyce Rockett, 30, of Robinson; Clifford Pearce of Waco; Narcisco Luna, 57, of New Braunfels; Jose Valle, 45, of San Antonio;. Diego Obledo, 43, of San Antonio; Mario Gonzalez, 39, of San Antonio, and James Rosas, 50, of Selma.</p>
  • DA to dismiss Twin Peaks case, recuse office from another to avoid disqualification hearing

    02/07/2018 4:19:28 PM PST · by Elderberry · 17 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/7/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    On the eve of a hearing at which two Twin Peaks shootout bikers were seeking to disqualify McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna from prosecuting their cases, Reyna instead decided to dismiss one of those cases and recuse his office in the other. Additionally, Reyna's office has notified 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother that it intends to dismiss engaging in organized criminal activity charges against five other bikers arrested after the May 2015 shootout at Twin Peaks. Strother said Wednesday evening he will grant the motions to dismiss the charges and recuse the DA's office on Thursday morning. Reyna...
  • To Call Fed Witnesses In DA’s Ouster Hearing(Waco)

    02/07/2018 1:57:30 PM PST · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    When the gavel drops tomorrow in a district court, the public will have a chance to see just who is lying – and who is telling the truth – about the Twin Peaks prosecutions of 155 bikers charged with engaging in organized criminal activity on May 17, 2015. David Beyer and Brian Bouffard, who represent Billy McRee and Jorge Salinas, will have a chance to prove serious allegations they believe will lead to the DA’s disqualification, if not his conviction for criminal offenses committed as a public official. Almost three years after he made the decision to charge 177 people...
  • Judge denies motion to remove Strother from Twin Peaks shootout cases(Waco)

    01/29/2018 3:01:42 PM PST · by Elderberry · 34 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/29/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A visiting judge on Monday denied a motion from McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna's office to remove 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother from presiding over two Twin Peaks shootout cases. Noting that Strother already has voluntarily recused himself in one Twin Peaks case when he thought it was the right thing to do but he declined to do so in these cases, Judge Phillip Vick, of Denton County, denied the state's motion. The judge also denied defense motions seeking sanctions against Reyna's office on the grounds its recusal motions were filed in bad faith and only for the...
  • Attorneys file motions seeking sanctions against DA Reyna (Waco)

    01/23/2018 4:24:00 PM PST · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/23/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Attorneys for two Twin Peaks shootout bikers are seeking sanctions against McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna, claiming a last-minute motion offered Monday to remove Judge Ralph Strother from the case was improperly "filed for nakedly political purposes." Fort Worth attorneys Brian Bouffard, who represents Cossack Jorge Daniel Salinas, and David Conrad Beyer, who represents Cossack Billy McCree, charge in motions filed Tuesday that the state's motion to recuse Strother was "baseless, made in bad faith and caused significant hardships" to those who traveled from out of town for the hearing. "The state’s recusal motion was filed only seconds after...
  • Twin Peaks shootout defense attorney says DA office's recusal motion 'reeks of desperation,'(Waco)

    01/23/2018 6:47:51 AM PST · by Elderberry · 11 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/22/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Five months after opposing a motion to recuse 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother in the case of a Twin Peaks defendant, prosecutors from McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna’s office filed a last-minute motion Monday morning to remove Strother from hearing two bikers’ cases. The surprising move came seconds after Strother denied a motion from prosecutors to postpone a hearing set for Monday morning in which attorneys for Cossacks Jorge Salinas and Billy McCree were trying to disqualify Reyna from prosecuting their cases and had four witnesses with damaging testimony about Reyna waiting to testify. After Strother said the...
  • Motions to toss Abel Reyna off Twin Peaks trials will be heard Monday(Waco)

    01/20/2018 9:48:00 AM PST · by Elderberry · 26 replies
    KCEN TV ^ | 1/19/2018
    On Monday, 19th District Court Judge Ralph Strother will hear arguments to disqualify the McLennan County District Attorney's Office from prosecuting at least two upcoming Twin Peaks trials. Strother will hear motions filed on behalf of bikers Billy McRee and Jorge Daniel Salinas at 10 a.m. on Jan. 22. "The witnesses referenced in the motion are under subpoena and are expected to testify," Salinas' attorney Brian Bouffard said in a statement. "Predictably, Abel Reyna and the various DA witnesses are seeking to quash their subpoenas and thereby avoid testifying under oath, and that issue will also be addressed on Monday."...
  • SPARKS FLY AT REPUBLICAN CLUB LUNCHEON OVER TWIN PEAKS(Waco)

    01/18/2018 2:36:04 PM PST · by Elderberry · 41 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 1/18/2018
    Embattled DA Abel Reyna drew first blood in the Republican primary race – by attacking the local daily newspaper’s coverage of his career in office. More than 700 party and elected officials crowded the assembly hall at the Texas Ranger Museum to hear the elected DA and his challenger Barry Johnson go at each other, hammer and tongs. DA Abel Reyna emphasized his money saving innovations of pre-trial intervention, a streamlined docket that encourages defendants to enter guilty pleas, and his promised courtroom presence over his two-term tenure. He concluded his remarks by referring to clubs of motorcycle enthusiasts who...
  • It’s Called A Grand Jury(Waco)

    01/17/2018 3:06:35 PM PST · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 1/17/2018
    Six Shooter Junction – Paula has questions; she can’t get the answers. They’re all about who shot who – with what weapon – at Twin Peaks Restaurant on May 17, 2015, and thereby prevented a political meeting by activist bikers because of the colors of the patches on their jackets. The cops protected the public. This way, the public might never had had to learn that the State of Texas collected $13.5 million for motorcycle safety, and then refused to release the funds for the Texas Department of Public Safety to use for the stated purpose they had been collected...
  • County to ask state for $600,000 in Twin Peaks trial reimbursements(Waco)

    01/16/2018 7:28:20 PM PST · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 1/16/2018 | Cassie L. Smith
    McLennan County will ask the state to reimburse $600,000 in costs associated with the first trial stemming from the deadly shootout in 2015 at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. The county received about $270,000 in October 2016 from the state’s County Essential Services Program, primarily for costs incurred the day of the incident and shortly thereafter, including housing people at the Jack Harwell Detention Center. At the same time, the city of Waco received almost $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice. County commissioners agreed Tuesday to reapply for the state program. County Administrator Dustin Chapman said the reimbursement...
  • Jury panel reports Friday for next Twin Peaks trial; here are dates to watch

    01/13/2018 7:43:37 AM PST · by Elderberry · 22 replies
    KCEN TV ^ | 1/11/2018 | Jasmin Caldwell and Stephen Adams
    The jury panel will report Friday to the McLennan County Courthouse to fill out questionnaires ahead of the Jan. 23 jury selection in the next Twin Peaks trial. The next case on the docket is George Bergman's trial. Bergman is a Dallas trucker and member of the Desgraciados. Other cases to watch include the trial for Chance Aiken -- a Cossack from East Texas. He has a hearing scheduled Jan. 19. No trial date has been set. Another case to keep an eye on will be that of Matthew Clendennen, a former member of the Scimitar Motorcycle Club, who has...