Indictments Against 106 Bikers In Waco Shootout; 80 Cases Pending


A grand jury has returned indictments alleging that 106 bikers arrested after a deadly shootout outside a Waco, Tx., restaurant were engaged in organized criminal activity, reports the Waco Tribune-Herald. Nine people died and 20 were injured during the May 17 shootout between police and bikers outside a Twin Peaks restaurant, a conflict authorities say arose from a confrontation between the Bandidos and the Cossacks motorcycle clubs. Authorities rounded up 177 people at the time. Investigators have offered few details about what prompted the fight or how the gunfire played out. It remains unclear whose bullets struck those who died or were hurt.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna has said the grand jury will return to consider charges against another 80 bikers arrested on identical charges. The Associated Press reviewed 8,800 pages of evidence related to the confrontation, including police reports, viewed dash-cam video and photos and listened to audio interviews, which together offer the best insight yet into how the shootout unfolded. More than 430 weapons were recovered from the crime scene, including 151 firearms. Prosecutors will likely be pushing for plea bargains. Sandra Guerra Thompson of the University of Houston Law Center said that’s partly because of the sheer number of cases in a small jurisdiction.

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