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  • Judge sets trial date for biker arrested at Twin Peaks

    06/26/2017 6:03:13 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 110 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/23/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Persistence paid off for Cody Ledbetter, a biker arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout who has tried to battle his way into the courtroom for a trial. Ledbetter, of Waco, who has been passed over on two previous trial settings, was in court again Friday to seek a trial date as soon as possible. He didn’t get the date he wanted, but he got a trial date, nonetheless. Ledbetter, a former member of the Cossacks group who saw his stepfather, Daniel Boyett, shot and killed at Twin Peaks, has had trial settings in May 2016 and September 2017. Those...
  • Twin Peaks biker pushes for day in court, gets November trial setting

    06/02/2017 8:27:58 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 41 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 6/2/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Georgetown biker, who was frustrated after his trial date was passed over last month in favor of another Twin Peaks defendant, got a new trial date Friday, but it's four months later than he wanted. Judge Ralph Strother of Waco's 19th State District Court denied a request Friday from Millie Thompson, an attorney for Thomas Paul Landers, to reinstate his trial date in July. Landers, 60, a founding member of the Escondido motorcycle group and an active motorcyclists’ rights advocate, is among 155 bikers indicted on first-degree felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, with underlying offenses of...
  • Two years after shootout, Twin Peaks resolutions remain elusive

    05/22/2017 8:32:40 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 41 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | May 16, 2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    In the two years since James “Patrick” Harris was arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, he lost the lease on his apartment, was rejected for a job with a state health and human services agency and was kicked out of Mexico while on the way to work with sick children and Dr. Patch Adams. All because he rode to Waco with a few friends as members of the Grim Guardian motorcycle group on May 17, 2015, he said. Judy Bergman said her husband, George, hardly rides his motorcycle anymore. It used to be his passion. Now he rides...
  • Judge sets September trial date in Twin Peaks case

    05/19/2017 5:38:17 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/19/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Saying it is time to get the ball rolling on what seems like a perpetual stream of criminal and civil cases arising from the Twin Peaks shootout, a judge set a Sept. 11 trial date Friday for what could be the first of the 155 indicted bikers to go to trial. Over objections from the McLennan County District Attorney's Office, 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother set the trial date at the urging of an attorney for Christopher Jacob Carrizal, a Bandido from Dallas. "I wish it had been sooner, July or mid-summer. But I appreciate the judge's diligence. I...
  • 47 more bikers sue over Twin Peaks arrests

    05/14/2017 6:12:43 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 19 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/13/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Forty-seven bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout, including a retired 32-year police veteran, have added their names to a growing list of those claiming in lawsuits that they were jailed without cause under excessive bonds in the May 2015 melee. The bikers claim their civil rights were violated when city and county officials decided to arrest 177 bikers on identical charges and place them under $1 million bonds after the May 17, 2015, shootout in which nine bikers died and dozens were injured. The latest two lawsuits were filed Friday evening in an Austin federal court on the bikersÂ’...
  • Cops And Street Gangs

    05/11/2017 6:14:40 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 5/11/2017
    There is a law in Texas, Section 46.02 of the state penal code, that declares: “A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is…a member of a criminal street gang, as defined by Section 71.01.” And that section of the Lone Star State’s big book of dos and many don’ts defines a criminal street gang as “three or more persons having a common identifying sign or symbol or an identifiable leadership who continuously or regularly associate in the commission...
  • 4 New Lawsuits Filed Over the Waco Biker Shooting

    05/08/2017 2:24:41 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 27 replies
    4 New Lawsuits Filed Over the Waco Biker Shooting May 8, 2017, 11:56 pm What does Patch Adams have to do with the Waco Biker shooting? A lot. The overzealous Waco Police Department clearly stumbled and bumbled through the debacle of the Waco motorcycle tragedy of May 2015 at the Twin Peaks restaurant in what is likely the worst police operation initiated by law enforcement in the history of Texas, including the fiasco of the Branch Davidian storming that killed dozens of innocent women and children outside of Waco over 20 years ago (which resulted in far more civilian casualties...
  • Biker shot at Twin Peaks sues restaurant, police, sheriff

    05/02/2017 6:10:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 92 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 5/2/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A biker who was shot during the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout but not arrested filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an attempt to recover his medical expenses. William Richardson, of Lexington, was shot in the lower torso during the melee at Twin Peaks and is listed in the criminal indictments as one of about 20 victims of the 155 indicted bikers. Richardson's attorney, Matthew Wright, of Rosebud, said Richardson, an employee of the Texas A&M University transportation division, underwent surgery and was hospitalized. “Mr. Richardson had medical expenses from being shot," Wright said. "The lawsuit was filed to protect his...
  • 'Fixer Upper's' Chip Gaines sued by former business partners for fraud

    04/28/2017 8:32:55 AM PDT · by DFG · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/28/2017 | Sasha Savitsky
    "Fixer Upper" star Chip Gaines is being sued by two former business partners in a million-dollar fraud lawsuit. According to court documents obtained by KWTX, John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark, former co-owners of Magnolia Realty, claim Gaines bought them out of the company two days before HGTV picked up "Fixer Upper" which "prominently featured the 'Magnolia' brand name." Lewis and Clark filed their 24-page lawsuit Wednesday in state district court in Waco, Texas, and are seeking more than $1 million in damages and non-monetary relief, KWTX reports. The scorned business partners say Gaines bought their shares of Magnolia...
  • Attorney seeks speedy trials for two Twin Peaks bikers

    04/25/2017 6:38:37 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 18 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/24/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Dallas lawyer representing two bikers arrested after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout said his clients are innocent and he doesn’t need to wait until McLennan County prosecutors receive additional evidence from federal authorities before taking his clients to trial. Clint Broden, who represents Matthew Clendennen and George Bergman, filed motions Monday renewing his demands for speedy trials for his clients. Broden’s motions come on the heels of a statement from 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother, who told the Tribune-Herald on Friday that he doesn’t think the Twin Peaks cases can move forward until some kind of “resolution or...
  • With no trials in sight, Twin Peaks expenses mounting for McLennan County

    04/23/2017 2:17:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 152 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/22/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Although the Twin Peaks biker trials have been put on hold until after a federal case against Bandidos leaders concludes, McLennan County continues to rack up expenses related to one of the most complex legal proceedings in its history. The two-year anniversary of the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout is approaching, yet none of the 155 bikers indicted in the melee has gone to trial. Since the shootout, top national leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle group were indicted in federal court in San Antonio, which has further complicated matters in McLennan County. Federal prosecutors have informed McLennan County officials...
  • Federal cases delay Twin Peaks trial

    04/22/2017 5:37:35 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 57 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/21/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A judge on Friday effectively postponed the start of any Twin Peaks biker trials in McLennan County until after the federal trial of Bandidos national leaders in San Antonio or until federal prosecutors agree to share evidence with McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna. Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court granted a motion to delay the June 5 trial of Kyle Smith, 50, an air-conditioning technician from Kilgore and member of the Cossacks motorcycle group. Johnson’s ruling comes in the wake of Reyna filing a letter he got last month from U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin, of San...
  • On this date in 1775, 1993, 1995

    04/19/2017 6:02:15 AM PDT · by FNU LNU · 10 replies
    Self | April 19th, 2027 | FNU LNU
    On this date in: 1775 - American Revolution Begins 1993 - FBI at Waco 1995 - OKC Bombing 1925 - Hugh O'Brian Born 1937 - Elinor Donahue Born
  • Broden Keeps Throwing Rocks

    04/19/2017 5:34:36 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 11 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 4/18/2017
    Clint Broden, the Dallas defense attorney who has done most of the heavy lifting for the last two years in the infuriatingly bogus and misreported Twin Peaks biker brawl case, filed another four motions this morning in the 54th District Court in McLennan County, Texas. The motions were specifically made on behalf of Broden’s client Matthew Clendennen, but the points they raise are relevant to the cases of virtually every other defendant. At present, 154 men have been indicted for “engaging in organized criminal activity” that resulted in nine homicides. Prosecutor Abelino Reyna is threatening to indict 38 more. The...
  • Judges’ Mano A Mano Brewing In Waco Courts

    04/02/2017 8:28:40 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 54 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 3/25/2017
    If the search warrant is not good, then evidence gained pursuant gets suppressed. – Judge Susan Criss Waco – To get a conviction for engaging in organized criminal activity, the DA is going to have to put in the hands of the accused the weapons specified in the indictments of the defendants arrested at Twin Peaks on May 17, 2015. That will be a difficult task if former District Judge Susan Criss’s challenge to the search warrants is successful. She objects to the method used by 19th Criminal District Court Judge Ralph Strother and a colleague, District Judge Gary Coley...
  • All Waco Trials Delayed

    03/30/2017 4:38:52 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 119 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 3/29/2017
    As recently as this morning it seemed impossible, but the Twin Peaks legal fiasco got even more ridiculous this afternoon. McLennan County, Texas District Attorney Abelino Reyna, who is gratuitously prosecuting 192 people who were at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17, 2015, filed a ridiculous “disclosure” in the 19th Judicial District today, “in the spirit of Brady, the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 39.14 (the Michael Morton Act), our ethical obligations under Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, and our duty to ‘see that justice is done.’ The document is titled “State’s Disclosure of the Existence...
  • 1st Twin Peaks shootout trial again delayed

    03/25/2017 7:21:55 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 46 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/24/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A judge postponed the first Twin Peaks shootout biker trial Friday for the second time after a new attorney was brought onto the case and said she could not be prepared by the May 22 trial date. Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court released a panel of 186 potential jurors Friday who had reported to fill out questionnaires for the trial. Christopher Jacob Carrizal, a member of the Bandidos motorcycle group, was set to be the first biker tried in the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout that left nine bikers dead and dozens wounded. Strother initially...
  • More bikers sue over Twin Peaks arrests

    03/14/2017 5:35:14 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/14/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Eleven more bikers arrested but not indicted after the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, alleging they were arrested without cause and their "constitutional rights have been trampled on." Daryle Walker, of Franklin County, Ohio; Michael Woods, of Bell County; Don Fowler, of Ellis County; David Cepeda, of Bexar County; Kevin Rash, of McLennan County; Richard Kreder, of Navarro County; Greg Corrales, of Bexar County; Bobby Joe Samford, of Milam County; Jimmy Spencer Jr., of Montgomery County; Craig Rodahl, of McLennan County; and Arley Harris III, of Bosque County, are the latest bikers to allege in a...
  • Trial date set for first Twin Peaks shootout case

    03/10/2017 5:35:03 PM PST · by Elderberry · 45 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/10/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A week after postponing the first trial of a biker indicted in the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout, a judge has set another trial date. Judge Ralph Strother of Waco's 19th State District Court set May 22 for Christopher Jacob Carrizal's trial to start on a first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charge. If the trial starts that day, it will come a week after the two-year anniversary of the deadly shootout in which nine bikers were killed and more than 20 were injured. Strother granted a request from Stephenville attorney Landon Northcutt last week to postpone an April...
  • $350M lawsuit claims investigators lied in court about Waco Twin Peaks biker shootout

    03/08/2017 7:43:53 PM PST · by Elderberry · 17 replies
    Chron.com ^ | 3/8/2017 | Keri Blakinger
    A Brenham woman who says she was wrongfully charged in the 2015 biker gang shootout that left nine dead and 177 people arrested has filed a $350 million federal lawsuit against the City of Waco, McLennan County, the district attorney, police chief and other investigators. Morgan English, 32, filed the suit Wednesday in federal court in Austin, contending officials violated her constitutional rights and lied to authorities in wrongly claiming that she was a known member of a criminal motorcycle gang who participated in ongoing criminal activities. "This is especially outrageous because a perjured arrest affidavit was issued for a...