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  • City, county get more than $500,000 to cover Twin Peaks shootout costs

    10/02/2016 2:48:01 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/1/2016 | CASSIE L. SMITH
    Local entities will get more than half a million dollars in outside money to cover costs associated with last year’s deadly Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, officials said. McLennan County has accepted a state grant of more than $268,000, and the city has gotten an almost $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. County commissioners will meet Tuesday to officially accept the state money. County staff had applied for a grant from the state’s County Essential Services Program. It offers reimbursements of costs a county incurs for the investigation or prosecution of capital murder or crimes committed because of...
  • Waco Case Deadlines

    09/25/2016 4:54:39 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 9/19/2016
    It is unlikely that any of the Waco Twin Peaks criminal conspiracy cases will be resolved before Monday, July 31, 2017. That is the date when federal prosecutors now must present their witness lists to defense attorneys in a federal racketeering case titled United States v. Portillo et al. That indictment in that case never once mentions the Waco biker brawl of May 17, 2015 but charges former Bandidos vice president John Xavier Portillo, former club president Jeffrey Fay Pike, sergeant at arms Justin Cole Forster and club member Frederick Cortez with “various overt racketeering acts including…War with Cossacks Outlaw...
  • Bikers ask judge to order Reyna to answer financial questions about Twin Peaks lawsuits

    09/20/2016 6:28:48 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 9/20/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A decision about whether McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna will be disqualified from prosecuting Twin Peaks biker cases likely will be delayed because Reyna refuses to answer questions about who is picking up his legal tab for civil lawsuits. Attorneys for two bikers indicted in the May 17, 2015, shootout between rival groups filed a motion Tuesday asking 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to compel Reyna to answer the questions or to hold another hearing to resolve the dispute. Johnson ordered the parties to get together after a hearing in August to work through questions that Reyna would...
  • Grand jury clears 3 Waco officers in Twin Peaks shootout

    09/14/2016 7:31:19 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 45 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 9/14/2016
    Three Waco police officers were cleared Wednesday of wrongdoing in the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout that left nine people dead and 18 wounded. “Our department, along with numerous local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, has worked tirelessly on the still ongoing investigation of Twin Peaks,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said in a statement. “We have completed an exhaustive internal investigation on the officer involved portion of the incident which was reviewed by the Texas Rangers. The three officers have been cleared by the investigation, and the action of the grand jury affirms those findings.” The...
  • Waco Punishment Continues

    09/13/2016 7:22:08 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 24 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 9/12/2016
    What has always been most despicable about the Twin Peaks tragedy is that a little clique or hick politicians have been allowed to violate the contract that has always existed between Americans and their government. We owe our government our loyalty, obedience and sometimes the blood of our sons. Our government owes us our basic human rights including, but not limited to, our liberty and our property. The notion that the English speaking peoples should only be punished when they break the law rather than at the whim of some bloated toad like McLennan County prosecutor Abelino Reyna was first...
  • Waco Day 475

    09/03/2016 7:05:37 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 10 replies
    Whether the truth about what part police played in encouraging the biker brawl in the parking lot of the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant will ever be known or not now depends on the wisdom or foolishness, the cynicism or idealism and the intelligence or stupidity of an elected Dallas judge named Jim Jordan. Jordan is the distinguished looking fellow in the photo above. He was previously, briefly famous for allowing the Boston Red Sox to buy the Liverpool Football Club over the objections of a Dallas gazillionaire who also hoped to own a professional soccer team in an exotic foreign...
  • Waco Catch-22

    08/27/2016 6:04:00 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 8/26/2016
    Joseph Heller coined the term “Catch-22” in a novel about bomber crews in World War II. It described a set of Army Air Force regulations that exempted crazy people from flying combat missions. The catch was you had to apply for the exemption. And trying to get out of combat proved you weren’t crazy. In the last 55 years the term has become a catchy way to describe any double bind – which is a logical dilemma that requires someone to correctly answer two questions. And, a correct answer to either one automatically means a wrong answer to the other....
  • Hearing to disqualify district attorney from Twin Peaks shootout cases recessed

    08/09/2016 5:03:34 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 20 replies ^ | 8/9/2016 | Estephany Escobar
    WACO, TX (KXXV) - On Monday afternoon, McLennan County 54th District judge Matt Johnson recessed a hearing that would determine whether to disqualify McLennan County District Attorney and some members of his office from prosecuting the Twin Peaks shootout cases. The hearing happened after defense attorneys filed a motion for disqualification on behalf of Ray Nelson and Matthew Clendennen, two of the 177 bikers arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity after the Twin Peaks shootout that left nine dead and dozens injured on May 17, 2015. The motion Clint Broden filed on behalf of Clendennen alleges District...
  • Judge: Prosecutor has 'substantial' stake in Waco biker case

    08/08/2016 7:22:39 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 26 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/7/2016
    WACO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has questioned whether the Texas district attorney prosecuting bikers arrested in a deadly melee outside a Waco restaurant has a conflict of interest because he's also being sued for his handling of the shootout that left nine people dead. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks also said it "makes one wonder" why 154 bikers were indicted following the May 2015 shootout outside the now-closed Twin Peaks restaurant, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported Sunday ( ). Sparks did not ask attorneys to respond to that comment during a June hearing in Austin, according to a transcript...
  • Federal judge suggests DA Reyna has conflict in Twin Peaks cases

    08/07/2016 8:04:24 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 10 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/6/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A federal judge hearing civil rights lawsuits filed against McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna and others by bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout suggested the bikers’ criminal cases can’t proceed until Reyna is replaced because of a conflict of interest. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks made several references during a pretrial conference in Austin that seemed to question whether Reyna, as a defendant in the civil cases, has a financial interest at stake and should be disqualified from prosecuting criminal cases against the bikers. Fifteen bikers arrested along with more than 160 others after the deadly May 17,...
  • Got Sonar

    08/05/2016 3:46:07 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    The multiple, parallel cases and investigations associated with the now nearly forgotten Twin Peaks biker brawl on May 17, 2015 are all underway in caves deep below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. The “Battle of Twin Peaks,” as its self-dramatizing chief prosecutor likes to call it, has so far resulted in: Fifteen federal civil rights lawsuits for false arrest; the indictment of 154 people who are mostly, provably, obviously innocent; ongoing criminal investigations against 38 people who were arrested following the brawl but whom the district attorney has not yet had time to indict; five lawsuits that argue...
  • Lawyers in Twin Peaks case say DA should be disqualified

    07/19/2016 5:01:31 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 43 replies ^ | 7/18/2016 | Paul J. Gately
    Two Dallas-area lawyers who represent bikers in the pending Twin Peaks shootout trial are asking two judges to disqualify the district attorney and appoint a special prosecutor. Nine bikers died and 20 more were injured in the May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs and law enforcement officers at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant. Attorneys Clinton F. Broden and Mick Mickelsen both says District Attorney Abel Reyna should be disqualified from hearing the cases because he has a financial interest in the case, Broden said in a news release Monday. Reyna wasn’t immediately available for comment. Broden is representing Matthew...
  • Two more bikers file suit over Twin Peaks arrests

    07/15/2016 7:14:22 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 42 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 7/15/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Two more bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco filed a civil rights lawsuit Friday, claiming they were improperly arrested with no evidence of wrongdoing and denied due process. Christopher Eaton and Owen Bartlett, both members of the Los Pirados Motorcycle Club, bring the total of bikers who have filed civil lawsuits to 15. The lawsuit lists Eaton as a Dallas County resident and says Bartlett is from McLennan County and names McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco police Detective Manuel Chavez and an unnamed Department of Public Safety agent as defendants....
  • Suing City Hall

    06/22/2016 8:27:39 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 19 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 6/21/2016
    Last week, the two corrupt Waco cops currently being sued for false arrest in 13 civil rights cases in federal court in Austin begged District Court Judge Sam Sparks to freeze the case until all the state criminal cases associated with the Twin Peaks biker brawl on May 17, 2015 are completed. The two corrupt Waco cops are retiring Police Chief Brent Stroman and Detective Manuel Chavez. They, along with McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna and “John Doe, an employee of the Texas Department of Public Safety,” are being sued for false arrest. And last week their lawyers, Charlie...
  • Hearing to disqualify DA from Twin Peaks shootout case postponed

    06/17/2016 7:21:57 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/10/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Two Waco police officers who are unavailable to testify Monday have forced the postponement of a hearing at which a biker arrested in the Twin Peaks shootout is seeking to disqualify McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna from prosecuting the cases. The hearing, originally set for Monday in Waco’s 54th State District Court, was rescheduled Friday for Aug. 8. Houston attorney Abigail Anastasio, who represents biker Ray Nelson, filed the motion in March, saying Reyna and two of his top assistants, Michael Jarrett and Mark Parker, should be disqualified because they could be potential witnesses in the case. Anastasio charges...
  • Texas' top criminal court blocks Waco biker case gag order

    06/16/2016 7:17:42 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/16/2016
    WACO, Texas – Texas' highest criminal court reversed a gag order Wednesday in the case of one of the nearly 200 bikers arrested after a police-involved shooting last year outside a Waco restaurant that left nine dead. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals released the decision a year after a lawsuit was filed by Matthew Clendennen against the city of Waco, the local district attorney and the Waco police officer who drafted a warrant for his arrest. Clendennen, a landscape-lighting designer from nearby Hewitt, argued that the warrant lacked probable cause. The gag order, which was requested by prosecutors, barred...
  • Three more bikers file civil lawsuits over arrests after Twin Peaks shootout

    06/06/2016 6:33:05 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 21 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/5/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Three more bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco filed a civil rights lawsuit Friday, claiming they were improperly arrested and denied due process. Thereon Rhoten, Jonathan Lopez and Ryan William Craft, all members of the Vice Grip Motorcycle Club from Travis County, bring the total of bikers who have filed civil lawsuits to 13. All 13 filed suit in federal court in Austin and all are represented by Dallas attorney Don Tittle, who successfully represented nine sheriff’s deputies who sued McLennan County and Sheriff Parnell McNamara on claims they were retaliated against for backing McNamara’s political opponent....
  • Officers involved in Twin Peaks shootings still on administrative duty

    06/05/2016 7:44:46 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 28 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/28/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The three Waco police officers who fired shots during the Twin Peaks shootout remain on administrative duties more than a year after the incident that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 wounded. Waco police who are involved in shootings historically are placed on administrative leave with pay until they are cleared by department internal reviews and a grand jury inquiry. In cases not promptly presented to a grand jury, officers have been taken off administrative leave, where they don’t come to work at all, and assigned to administrative duties, where they are put behind a desk or in...
  • Lawyer seeks to remove DA from Twin Peaks cases

    05/20/2016 7:21:13 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/17/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna should be disqualified from prosecuting cases arising from the Twin Peaks biker shootout because he overstepped his authority by “commandeering” the investigation, a Houston attorney said Tuesday. “There is a big difference between advising and commandeering,” attorney Abigail Anastasio said. Anastasio represents Ray Nelson, 42, president of the Hill County Cossacks and one of 154 bikers indicted in the May 17, 2015, shootout at Twin Peaks in Waco that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 wounded. She filed a motion Tuesday in Waco’s 54th State District Court seeking to disqualify Reyna and...
  • 12 key unanswered questions Waco biker case

    05/18/2016 7:48:38 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 28 replies ^ | 5/16/2016 | Dane Schiller
    1. Who started this? It is unclear what exactly set off the mayhem at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17, 2015, and what escalated an apparent argument into a gunfight. All told, nine people were killed in the gunfire and about two dozen were wounded. 2. Why did the Cossacks Motorcycle Club go to Twin Peaks that day? The organization that was meeting was run by the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. The Cossacks, a rival club, had not been invited to the regional meeting. 3. If the Cossacks and Bandidos motorcycle clubs wanted to settle a score, why...
  • CNN to air special about Waco biker shootout

    05/14/2016 6:51:38 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | 5/13/2016 | Robert Philpot
    It hardly seems like nearly a year has gone by since a biker shootout at a Waco Twin Peaks made national news, but the first anniversary of the deadly event is this Tuesday. On Monday, CNN will commemorate this with a CNN Special Report, Biker Brawl: Inside the Texas Shootout.” Maybe it’s just us, but isn’t “brawl” too weak a word for a Sunday-afternoon gunfight in which nine men were killed, more than a dozen were wounded and 177 were arrested? Ed Lavandera of CNN’s Dallas bureau, who has been reporting on this for the past year, will anchor the...
  • Truth and Evidence- Twin Peaks Waco, May 17, 2015

    04/09/2016 7:36:36 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/2/2016 | Stephen Stubbs
    The evidence in the May 17, 2015 Twin Peaks incident is voluminous. So, I put together some important video clips that tell the story in the clearest manner. I then attached the audio from the ONLY recorded police interview of a COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT WITNESS. He describes what he saw, including the fact that a Cossack pulled a gun first, Cossacks fired first, and the police fired on all of the bikers in what he describes as “automatic gun fire”. Here are some additional facts from the evidence: 1) In August 2014, 3 Cossacks went to police complaining that they were...
  • Twin Peaks Biker Couple Says Charges Dropped, But Not Dismissed

    04/01/2016 10:19:55 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    KCENTV ^ | 4/1/2016 | Rissa Shaw
    WACO -- The attorney for a biker couple arrested in connection to the Twin Peaks shooting says his clients cases have been dismissed, but the McLennan County District Attorney says that’s “not accurate.” While they’ve been released from their bonds and have no charges pending, their cases have not technically been dismissed, but William and Morgan English believe they’re a step closer. Houston-based defense attorney Paul Looney represents the biker couple from Brenham who were the first ones at Twin Peaks released from the McLennan County Jail. The Englishes are members of “The Distorted” motorcycle club, an alleged support group...
  • PHOTO: Anti-Trumpers hear THUNDER as bad@$$ group shows up at rally to protect supporters

    03/31/2016 9:23:22 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 104 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 3/27/16 | staff
    A group of First Amendment-loving patriots collectively known as “Bikers for Trump” planned to show up in droves at GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rally in Wisconsin this week to protect both the boisterous front-runner and his ardent supporters — and their arrival on Tuesday did not please the anti-Trumpers one single bit. “Patriotic Bikers, from all across the United States are planning to show up at ALL future TRUMP rallies to make sure that any paid agitator protesters don’t take away Mr. Trump’s right to speak,” the group announced on Facebook. “Or interfere with the rights of Trump...
  • 48 more bikers indicted in Waco Twin Peaks case

    03/23/2016 2:35:07 PM PDT · by don-o · 39 replies
    WFAA ^ | 3/23/16
    WACO -- A grand jury indicted 48 additional bikers Wednesday afternoon in connection with the May 17, 2015 Twin Peaks shootout. Six of the indictments were sealed, which means they are names that have not previously been released. More than 100 bikers were indicted in November, bringing the new total number of indicted bikers to 154. They are all charged with engaging in organized crime with the underlying offense of aggravated assault and murder. An additional 38 bikers have yet to go before a grand jury. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna would not comment on those remaining cases. Nine...
  • Mo’ Waco

    03/15/2016 10:50:41 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 3/14/2016
    The best place to hide a leaf is in a forest. The best place to hide the truth about what happened in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco is in a confusion of noise. The noise about what happened last May 17 has been coming from three distinct dispute that have been talking over each other for ten months. First, Waco, McLennan County and Texas have brought criminal charges against 186 people so far. Officials argue that going to the Twin Peaks for brunch wearing the wrong article of clothing was a terrorist act. Apparently –...
  • Appeals court denies speedy trial in Twin Peaks case

    03/15/2016 10:48:06 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 17 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/11/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An intermediate appellate court in Waco has denied a petition from a biker indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout to order a state district judge to set a speedy trial in his case. The 10th Court of Appeals opinion, written by Justice Rex D. Davis, rejected a petition for writ of mandamus filed by Cody Ledbetter, a member of the Cossacks motorcycle group. The petition asked the higher court to order 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother to set a quick trial date for Ledbetter, which Strother previously had denied. Chief Justice Tom Gray and Justice Al Scoggins joined Davis...
  • ATF completes trace of guns from Twin Peaks shootout

    03/11/2016 8:23:28 AM PST · by Elderberry · 25 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/10/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    At least one federal agency called upon to assist Waco and McLennan County law enforcement officials after the Twin Peaks shootout has completed its task. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has traced the histories of 151 firearms recovered from the restaurant grounds and seized from bikers’ vehicles May 17 after nine people were killed, two dozen wounded and 177 jailed on engaging in organized criminal activity charges. Senior Special Agent Nicole Strong, an ATF spokeswoman, said Thursday that the ATF was asked to perform firearms traces but is leaving any investigative decisions up to the Waco Police...
  • ATF finishes probe of guns in Waco biker clash

    03/08/2016 2:25:56 PM PST · by Elderberry · 45 replies ^ | 3/8/2016 | Dane Schiller
    Federal authorities have finished their testing and review of 151 firearms, as well as bullet fragments and cartridge cases, recovered from the deadly biker clash last year at the Twin Peaks in Waco. The work was done by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at the request of Waco Police, who are leading the investigation of the incident, "We are just processing it for them; we are not making investigation decisions," said Special Agent Nicole Strong, of the ATF's Houston Division. "Now it is up to the police department to determine what they do with that information." McLennan...
  • Twin Peaks biker grand jury to return March 23

    03/03/2016 12:55:22 PM PST · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/3/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A McLennan County grand jury that returned indictments against 106 bikers in November will be called back into service on March 23, a judge said Thursday. Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court extended the term of the grand jury by 90 days in December so it could continue its investigation into the May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks that left nine bikers dead and dozens injured. The grand jury’s extended term is set to expire at the end of March. Johnson said Thursday that he was notified that the grand jury will be summoned to meet again...
  • Twin Peaks biker wants appeals court to order speedy trial

    02/28/2016 5:11:09 PM PST · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/26/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A biker indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout who was denied an early trial setting last month because prosecutors said they were not ready for trial is asking a Waco appeals court to order a judge to set a speedy trial date in his case. Houston attorney Paul Looney, who represents Cody Ledbetter, a member of the Cossacks motorcycle group, filed a petition asking Waco’s 10th Court of Appeals to order 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother to set a trial date for Ledbetter. Ledbetter, of Waco, is one of 106 bikers indicted in November on first-degree felony engaging in...
  • Judicial commission clears JP after Twin Peaks complaints

    02/22/2016 5:19:51 PM PST · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/22/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. "Pete" Peterson has been cleared by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct after three complaints from attorneys and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association over the manner in which he set bonds for 177 bikers arrested after the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. Peterson, who set identical $1 million bonds for each of the bikers and said he did so, in part, to "send a message," declined comment Monday about the dismissal of the complaints. Peterson's attorney, David Deaconson, said he and Peterson went to Austin to meet with the commission on Feb....
  • Waco Judge Orders Feds To Fess Up

    02/13/2016 5:28:25 PM PST · by Elderberry · 12 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 2/12/2016
    The Twin Peaks Massacre case just got a lot more focused. Ruling from the bench, District Judge Matt Johnson ordered the state of Texas "to reveal the identity of confidential informants and undercover law enforcement officials who were either present at Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on May 17, 2015 or who were material witnesses related to the incident that took place." The order includes the discovery of the identities "of confidential informants used in connection with 'Operation Texas Rocker' that were present at or who had material information regarding the Twin Peaks incident." The information should be turned...
  • Twin Peaks biker trial postponed because of discovery, other pretrial issues

    02/12/2016 6:34:48 PM PST · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/12/2016 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The trial of a biker arrested in the deadly May 17 Twin Peaks shootout was postponed Friday as evidence in the complex case continues to be analyzed and other pretrial matters unfold. Judge Matt Johnson set an April 1 hearing date to consider a change of venue motion filed by the attorney for Hewitt biker Matthew Clendennen, a member of the Scimitars motorcycle group, whose trial had been set for Feb. 29. The judge considered other pretrial motions Friday during a brief hearing in Clendennen's case. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna assured Clendennen's attorney, Clint Broden, of Dallas, that...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Biker Attorney's Request To Set Trial Date Denied

    01/08/2016 6:17:34 PM PST · by Elderberry · 54 replies ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dashcam Video Shows Florida Deputy Getting Punched, Shot During Traffic Stop

    12/19/2015 7:03:28 AM PST · by csvset · 33 replies
    NBC ^ | December 18, 2015 | Elisha Fieldstadt
    A Florida sheriff's office on Friday released a video of a traffic stop that became violent when the driver punched a deputy before firing shots at the officer. Indian River County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Lester pulled over Andrew Coffee, 52, Thursday night for not having a tag on his moped, according to the sheriff's office. Image Deputy Chris Lester Deputy Chris Lester. Indian River County Sheriff's Office Lester's dashcam camera captured the deputy requesting Coffee, who has a long, violent criminal record, to put his hand on the hood of his patrol car multiple times after warning him: "Don't go...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Quanell X: Waco cops should admit shooting bikers

    12/14/2015 1:34:20 PM PST · by Elderberry · 15 replies ^ | 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.---
  • 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...
  • Twin Peaks Bikers Force Prosecutors to Read ‘Cookie Cutter’ Indictments

    12/09/2015 2:56:15 PM PST · by Elderberry · 4 replies ^ | 12/9/2015 | Lana Shadwick
    Four more indicted Twin Peaks bikers have pleaded not guilty to engaging in organized crime. Three of the four bikers forced prosecutors to read the lengthy, "cookie-cutter" indictments against them. Five other bikers waived attendance at their court appearances. As reported extensively by Breitbart Texas, the charges against these and other bikers stem from the shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, on May 17. In all, over 175 bikers were swept up in a mass arrest. The bikers were all charged with the same crime - engaging in organized criminal gang activity.
  • 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 ^ | 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