Waco is leaking lies again.
Detective Manuel Chavez has admitted to a defense attorney that he perjured himself when he presented a fill in the name criminal complaint to Justice of the Peace Walter H. “Pete” Peterson on May 18.
Chavez presented the complaint which began, “Before me, the undersigned authority, personally appeared the affiant herein, a peace officer under the laws of Texas, who being duly sworn, on path made the following statements and accusations:
“My name is Manuel Chavez and I am commissioned as a peace officer with the City of Waco by The Stale of Texas. I hereby state upon my oath that I have reason to believe and do believe that heretofore, and before the making and filing of this Complaint, that on or about May 17, 2015, in McLennan County, Texas, the said” (insert name here) “dld then and there, as a member of a criminal street gang, commit or conspire to commit murder, capital murder, or aggravated assault, against the laws of the State.”
Peterson, who is a lay justice of the peace and not a lawyer, then ordered 177 people held on bonds of $1 million each. He explained the very high bail amounts by saying, “I think it is important to send a message. We had nine people killed in our community. These people just came in, and most of them were from out of town.”
Chavez has admitted and public officials in Waco are aware, that Chavez had no evidence at all about virtually all of the defendants against whom he claimed to have probable cause.
Chavez has also stated that he did not write the affidavit to which he swore. He has stated that it was written by “someone” in the District Attorney’s Office. The McLennan County District Attorney is Abelino “Abel” Reyna. The County’s Assistant District Attorneys are Michael Jarrett and Brandon Luce.
Chavez has also admitted that Peterson told him to swear to all 177 complaints and did not individually review each complaint – presumably to save time.
In Texas perjury may be either a Class A misdemeanor or a third degree felony. Felony perjury is punishable by a term of two to ten years in prison.
The Aging Rebel believes that Reyna, Jarrett and Luce are all aware of the misconduct. Under the rules of professional responsibility that govern American attorneys, lawyers are ethically bound to report the misconduct of other attorneys and judges.