Skip to comments.1st Twin Peaks shootout trial again delayed
Posted on 03/25/2017 7:21:55 PM PDT by Elderberry
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 Wacos 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 said at Fridays hearing that it would take an act of divine intervention to convince him to postpone the trial again. However, after addressing the jury panel for about 20 minutes, Strother met with McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna and prosecutors Michael Jarrett and Amanda Dillon, along with defense attorneys Landon Northcutt and Casie Gotro, behind closed doors.
When the group emerged 15 minutes later, Strother announced without explanation that he was releasing the jury panel, telling them that their services were no longer needed.
Attorneys on both sides declined to discuss what went on in the meeting and said Strother had placed them under a gag order.
A new trial date wasnt set Friday, but Strother scheduled a status conference in Carrizals case for April 26 to see where the parties stand.
At the earlier hearing before the judge released the jury panel, Strother was visibly agitated with Northcutt, saying his 11th-hour motion to substitute counsel in the case was a clear attempt at delay.
Whats going on here? Strother asked. This matter has been pending almost two years now. We have a panel here today ready to go. Somebody better explain this to me.
Northcutt, of Stephenville, said he and Carrizal have a conflict and Carrizal no longer wants his representation. Strother asked the nature of the conflict, and Northcutt said he had not been paid. He asked the judge if Gotro, of Houston, could substitute in as Carrizals lawyer.
Yall forgive me if the court is a little skeptical about the timing of this event, Strother said.
Strother said he could solve the financial dilemma. He declared Carrizal indigent and appointed Northcutt and Gotro to represent him at county expense.
Gotro offered to represent Carrizal for free but argued that Carrizal and Northcutt still have a conflict that likely wont be resolved.
Mr. Carrizal, you can hire any lawyer you want to but you are going to trial May 22, the judge said. Yall are playing games with the process. This is a sham. I am not going to allow it or put up with it.
Northcutt denied the judges claims, but Strother cut him off and said, Yes, you are. You are playing games. If that is not obvious to everyone involved here today, then they need glasses.
The parties moved to the courthouse annex, where the jury panel was waiting to fill out questionnaires to assist the lawyers with jury selection. Reyna announced ready for trial, but Gotro said the defense was not ready because she said it was her first day on the case and the first time she saw the questionnaire.
As Strother began his address to the jury, an audible groan went up from the panel when they learned they were there for a Twin Peaks case.
After the private meeting with the attorneys, Strother dismissed the panel without explaining why.
Strother said he reluctantly agreed to let Northcutt off the case because a defendant has a right to counsel of his choice if one is retained.
It was a manipulation of the system that left me no choice, Strother said.
The judge also appointed Gotro to represent Carrizal and agreed to the delay because Gotro needs more time to review the huge amount of evidence in the case provided to the defense by the district attorneys office.
The first Twin Peaks trial now is set to begin June 5 in Wacos 54th State District Court. Kyle Smith, 50, a Cossack from Kilgore, is the defendant.
I have nothing to say other than ..... IBTG.
Why is this rico trial not going on against the crips and the bloods in Chicago. This seems racists?
Out of Waco’s jurisdiction.
Yes, me too
I don’t understand why this is going on. Chicago black gangs have shot thousand of innocent people!! Waco there was no innocents shot— zero. It was cowboy self defense. This seems discriminatory .
Don’t you realize that with all the laws and regulations on the books, there are No Innocent People.
In the end the only convictions due will be for law enforcement, attorneys, and judges. Posthumously at this rate.
Sounds like the Waco thing has a reputation already. Now how are they going to even find a neutral jury? It might need a new venue.
This whole thing sounds crazy to me. Who knows that what the Gatorbots did there might be utterly legal and yet utterly immoral. If the outlaw model is a protest against the extant forces of law, it apparently found a wonderful cause in Waco.
Laura Palmer is still dead.
Guess case law was the divine intervention Strother needed?
Guess he did not want to go to all that bother only to have the case all thrown on appeal.
I might remind you this was all caused by a Defense motion....
It’s all very simple. This is McLennan County, Texas. When all the BS is over, some very bad motorcycle felons are going to jail for a very long time.
All the table pounding is not going to stop that. It could take a few years to get there, but all the Windex in the world will not wipe away that some bad people committed some bad crimes, and are going to jail for it.
“...When all the BS is over, some very bad motorcycle felons are going to jail for a very long time....”
Maybe...for several. And maybe not.
Meanwhile, how many dirty cops, dirty/corrupt feds, and corrupt local politicians will be paying for their crimes -— either criminally or civilly?
I’m sorry. Thank you for setting my thinking straight.
Texas Monthly magazine has a very good article that just came out about the Twin Peaks incident and this case.
No table pounding only a quiet opening of the bible is needed to show that your heroes were zeroes. If justice not served in this world it shall assuredly be served in the next.
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