DA to seek to dismiss charges against more than 20 Twin Peaks bikers
Prosecutors will seek to dismiss charges against more than 20 bikers arrested after the deadly May 2015 shootout at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant, sources with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.
The sources, who requested anonymity, said the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office will ask a state district judge to dismiss charges against 13 bikers indicted for engaging in organized crime and will drop charge against eight others who weren’t indicted.
The sources identified the 13 indicted bikers as Andrew Stroer, 52, of San Antonio; Marco DeJong, 40, of Marion; William Redding, 37, of Austin; Jorge Salinas, 27, of Lometa; Michael Moore, 44, of Fort Worth; Colter Bajovich, 30, of Gatesville; Boyce Rockett, 30, of Robinson; Clifford Pearce of Waco; Narcisco Luna, 57, of New Braunfels; Jose Valle, 45, of San Antonio;. Diego Obledo, 43, of San Antonio; Mario Gonzalez, 39, of San Antonio, and James Rosas, 50, of Selma.
The eight unindicted bikers include Esther Weaver, 49, of Killeen; Ryan Craft, 25, of Austin;. Jonathan Lopez, 30, of Austin; Theron Rhoten, 38, of Austin; James Harris of Austin; Bonar Crump of Austin; Juan Garcia, 47, of Austin, and Drew King, 34, of Dripping Springs, the sources said.
Additionally, the sources say McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna will file a motion seeking to be recused from prosecution of the case of Twin Peaks defendant Billy McCree, 41, of Seagoville, in whose trial he may be willing to testify.
The May 17, 2015 shootout left nine bikers dead and 20 more injured.
Officers secured the scene relatively quickly after the gun battle ended.
Police arrested the 177 bikers after the melee, all of whom were charged with engaging in organized crime and all of whom were initially ordered held in lieu of $1 million bonds.
On November 11, 2015, a grand jury returned indictments charging engaging in organized criminal activity against 97 bikers and also handed up sealed indictments against nine other bikers who weren’t among those arrested.
In March 2016, a McLennan County grand jury handed up indictments in the cases of some of the 80 bikers who were charged, but not yet indicted in the deadly May shootout at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant, as well as several who weren't arrested on the day of the shooting.
Six of the indictments were sealed and named defendants who weren’t arrested at the scene of the shooting.
Only one of the scores of bikers indicted in the shootout has gone on trial
Jacob Carrizal, 35, was accused of directing activities of a street gang, engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of murder and engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The case ended in a mistrial in November after jurors told the judge that could not reach a verdict on two of the counts.