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Judge: Halt distribution of sexually explicit images of Twin Peaks biker

Cody Ledbetter. (Jail photo)
Cody Ledbetter. (Jail photo)(KWTX)
Published: Mar. 28, 2018 at 1:07 PM CDT
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State District Judge Matt Johnson Wednesday ordered the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office to stop distribution of sexually explicit photos and videos of former Twin Peaks defendant Cody Ledbetter, 29, and his wife that were recovered from Ledbetter's cellphone after the deadly May 2015 shootout.

Johnson dismissed the case against Ledbetter on March 12, barely two weeks after setting an April 2 trial date.

The videos and photos were distributed to attorneys representing the 177 defendants in the case as part of the discovery process.

Johnson said he’ll send notices to about 60 attorneys who represent Twin Peaks defendants in his court advising them to destroy the material, but said he will rescind the order if attorneys can establish a specific need for the images.

State District Judge Ralph Strother, who has about the same number of Twin Peaks cases in his court, said he will issue a similar order.

Ledbetter’s attorney, Paul Looney, called the distribution “revenge porn.”

“I am extremely grateful for any efforts that will assist this young couple in regaining their privacy,” he said.

“I am not sure how this works. I wouldn’t know how to destroy images off the kind of drive that they have given out, but if it is doable and everyone will comply, it will work. If not, I hope we can do something else,” he said.

“I am extremely grateful that the judge recognizes the horrible violation of the privacy rights that the District Attorney’s Office has imposed on my client and his young wife.”

Ledbetter, whose father Daniel Boyett was among the nine bikers killed at Twin Peaks on May 17, 2015, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

He was not armed and only ran for cover when the gunfire started, Looney said.