Judge named for court of inquiry on Twin Peaks perjury allegations
A judge has been named for a court of inquiry sought by an attorney for a biker charged in the Twin Peaks shootout on the merits of an accusation of perjury involving police and prosecutors.
Dallas lawyer F. Clinton Broden presented the request for a court of inquiry to 203rd District Judge Teresa Hawthorne on Oct. 6, and she ruled in his favor, then asked her administrative judge to order the trial.
The administrative judge selected Judge David Peeples, who served as the presiding judge for the Fourth Administrative Judicial Region for more than two decades before stepping down earlier this year.
Peeples will appoint a special prosecutor.
Broden said in a statement Monday he sought the court of inquiry to determine whether McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna or Waco police Det. Manuel Chavez “committed perjury or aggravated perjury at hearing held in the Twin Peaks” cases.
Reyna dismissed the filing.
"I think it’s very telling that Mr. Broden, a defense attorney on Mr. Clendennen’s criminal matter, who instigated this proceeding, has not found it important enough to provide me a copy of whatever affidavit or paperwork he presented to the Dallas County district judge," he said in a statement Friday.
"However, it appears he found it important enough to directly notify almost 40 news outlets accordingly. Unfortunately, I have yet to see any documents regarding this ridiculous allegation. I remain confident in whatever statements I am called upon to defend. My commitment and obligation to ensure the ends of justice will not waiver."
The issue, Broden says, is whether Reyna had any discussions with Chavez before the detective signed arrest warrant affidavits for the 177 bikers arrested on the day of the shooting.
Reyna, Broden maintains, testified that he did have discussions while Chavez has testified that he never talked with the DA that day.
Broden’s client, Matthew Clendennen, of Hewitt, is charged in the May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs and law enforcement officers at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 injured.