Confessing To Murder

September 23, 2017

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Confessing To Murder

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas issued a fascinating press release yesterday titled, “Two Bandidos Plead Guilty to Federal Charges in Connection with the Murder of Hells Angel Anthony Benesh in 2006.” Who issues a press release on Friday afternoon? Why? What The “news” in the release is that “two high-ranking […]

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September 22, 2017

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Two Rockford Acquittals

Two Rockford Acquittals

Tomasz Lech and Jose P. Vielma Jr., members of the Chicago charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, were acquitted of aggravated battery and armed robbery by a jury in Rockford, Illinois yesterday. Lech and Vielma were two of five defendants being tried at once. They chose to be tried by a jury. The other […]

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September 21, 2017

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For Vicarious Psychopaths

For Vicarious Psychopaths

The motorcycle outlaw frontier has become a hustle where myth, profit and prison all collide. Take, for example, the literary career of sometime poet, sometime prosecutor, sometime true crime author Kerrie Droban and some of the straw men she has dressed up in hackneyed tales like worn out clothes – extra special agent Jay Dobyns, […]

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September 21, 2017

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Nice Try In Detroit

Nice Try In Detroit

Tuesday, an appeals court judge in Michigan named Nancy G. Edmunds rejected an appeal by convicted Highwaymen Motorcycle Club member Gary “Junior” Ball to have his racketeering conviction in the case United States v. Nagi et al., overturned. Ball was first indicted on September 6, 2006. He was convicted of transporting two stolen motorcycles from […]

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September 20, 2017

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Rockford Angels On Trial

Rockford Angels On Trial

Five members of the Rockford charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club went on trial yesterday to answer charges stemming from the severe beating of a former charter president on June 27, 2013. After going to a local hospital for treatment Josh Johnson, the former charter president, complained that he had been hit with an […]

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September 19, 2017

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Texas Prosecutorial Games

Texas Prosecutorial Games

Earlier today, about an hour after Bandido Motorcycle Club member Christopher Jacob Carrizal was assigned an October 9 trial date in state court in Waco, Texas, Assistant United States Attorney Eric Fuchs told The Associated Press in San Antonio that accused murderers and former Bandidos Johnny “Downtown Johnny” Romo, Robert Romo, James “Kronic” Benavidez and […]

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September 18, 2017

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Restaurant Didn’t Do It

Restaurant Didn't Do It

After 29 months, one small part of the legal aftermath of the Twin Peaks Biker Brawl has been resolved – probably. A lawsuit filed by the Waco Don Carlos restaurant against the Waco Twin Peaks was “dismissed with prejudice” by a Dallas County judge named Jim Jordan last Wednesday. The two restaurants shared the parking […]

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September 15, 2017

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The Friendlier North Korea

The Friendlier North Korea

Waco is a pretty friendly place. I arrived with at least a half dozen friends and only a couple of real enemies. Despite my best efforts to even that up, I probably still left with more friends than enemies. The Uber driver who brought me into town from the Waco Regional Airport in a pickup […]

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September 14, 2017

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Justice Waco Style

Justice Waco Style

All four of the Twin Peaks Biker Brawl cases taken away from McLennan County Judge Ralph Strother over the last two weeks are being turned over to Matt Johnson, Judge of Texas’ 54th Judicial District and District Attorney Abel Reyna’s former law partner. Strother was recused, which is how lawyers spell removed, from three cases […]

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September 13, 2017

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Off Again

Off Again

Christopher Jacob “Jake” Carrizal’s trial is off again. Casie Gotro, the Houston attorney who had a contentious relationship with Ralph Strother, the previous judge in the case, got Strother involuntarily recused two days. She thought Strother and Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett were cooperating to withhold potentially exculpatory evidence from her and had conspired to […]

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September 12, 2017

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First Waco Trial Imminent

First Waco Trial Imminent

Christopher Jacob (Jake) Carrizal, a Bandido from Dallas charged with directing members of a street gang to commit murder and aggravated assault, will go on trial tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Waco, Texas before Judge Chad Johnson. Carrizal was arrested after the Twin Peaks Biker Brawl 29 months ago. He was indicted in November 2015 […]

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September 11, 2017

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Strother Recused Pre-Lynching Begins Tomorrow

Strother Recused Pre-Lynching Begins Tomorrow

Five hours and 15 minutes into a hearing with many large, loud personalities that looked more like a reality show than a court proceeding, a very patient judge named Dan Mills fired the judge who was to preside over the first Waco Twin Peaks Biker Brawl trial. It was the fourth time Judge Ralph Strother […]

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September 8, 2017

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Waco Over Coffee

Waco Over Coffee

In a small, old house, on a big lot, in a beach town in El Lay, in a neighborhood that used to be called felony flats but is now crowded with million dollar homes, an old hack and his muse, Gidget, talk about Waco over coffee. “Are you going to take mosquito repellant,” Gidget wants […]

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