Bikers gather outside courthouse nearly a year after shootout

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Dozens of bikers gathered Saturday in Waco, remembering the lives lost at the Twin Peaks shooting almost a year ago, but upset with how authorities have handled the shooting since.

"With forfeiture and seizure of personal property, arresting people needlessly, they have ruined people's futures," said Mel Robins, vice president of the biker club that organized the event.

Bikers from central Texas rode past the old Twin Peaks location at the Central Texas Marketplace, then gathered for a peaceful rally outside the McLennan County courthouse.

The May 2015 shooting left 9 dead, and also led to more than 150 indictments.

Attorney Paul Looney's client, Cody Ledbetter, is among the indicted.

On Saturday Looney addressed the crowd outside the courthouse and answered questions.

However, he still wonders why his client has not received a trial.

"Don't indict them until you have the evidence," said Looney.

"But once you indict someone, they have a right to a swift and speedy trial if they want one."

Looney says he's filing a motion to disqualify District Attorney Abel Reyna from the case.

Many people still fear trials are years down the road.

"Until these charges are dropped, these people...it's almost impossible for them to get a job," said Robins.

Tim and Lana Meyer missed the shooting a year ago by minutes, watching the chaos unfold on TV.

They think the way authorities have handled the case has hurt bikers across Texas.

"I'm a veteran, and even in some of the places that we go today, I have to take my vest off, because no colors allowed."