Monday, October 9, 2017

29-Months Later First Twin Peaks Biker Going On Trial In Waco This Week

Twenty-nine months after the deadly skirmish at Twin Peaks, an attorney for the first biker set for trial said Thursday that his trial will start next week “come hell or high water.”

After more than two years of examining trials, hearings, motions to recuse judges and to disqualify prosecutors, appeals court rulings and a host of speedy trial demands, it appears that Jacob Carrizal, the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, will stand trial next week.

Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court held a brief pretrial status conference Thursday and took up a few housekeeping matters involving discovery issues raised by Carrizal’s attorney, Casie Gotro, of Houston.

After the hearing, Gotro, who successfully fought to have 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother recused from hearing Carrizal’s case, said she will be ready for trial next week.

If there are no last-minute delay requests, Carrizal will be the first of 154 bikers indicted in the Twin Peaks melee to go to trial.

About 150 prospective jurors have been told to report Monday morning to fill out questionnaires with about 65 questions, which prosecutors and Gotro and her co-counsel, Thomas Lane, will use to aid them in selecting a jury. The judge has scheduled jury selection to start Tuesday. WACOTRIB

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