Four men remain in custody today in the McLennan County Jail as a result of the Twin Peaks massacre almost two months ago.
The four are Michael E. Chaney, a Cossack from Fort Worth who is being held on $150,000 bail; Joseph Ortiz, a Bandido from San Antonio who is being held on $1 million bail; Daniel Pessina, a member of the Macheteros Motorcycle Club in San Antonio who is being held on a total of $123,000 bail; and Marcus Ryan Pilkington, a Bandido from Mexia, Texas who is being held on $1 million bail for his alleged role at Twin Peaks and $15,500 bail for four other charges in Limestone and Ellis counties, Texas.
Officials have been coy about saying why the two Bandidos are still being held on such high bail.
Ortiz is a former Marine with no criminal history who has lost his job and his home since his arrest. His lawyer, Jay Norton, told the Waco Tribune-Herald last week, “Mr. Ortiz is a perfect example of what is being done incorrectly up there. There was no investigation of Mr. Ortiz. It’s just guilty by association for being a member of an organization that it is not against the law to be a member of. No one has alleged a single overt act that Mr. Ortiz did in furtherance of any alleged conspiracy. He simply took cover in the parking lot.”
Pilkington suffered an unspecified leg injury during the shootout. His lawyer, Adam Reposa, said last week “It is terrible that this unprecedented expansion of the engaging statute which has caused the wholesale denial of constitutional protections against unlawful prosecutions and incarcerations and we are hoping that the 10th Court will have the courage to call a spade a spade since obviously no one else will, including Baylor law professors, the American Bar Association, ACLU or any of the other so-called watchdog groups who we rely upon to expose wholly illegal and unconstitutional behavior by the government.”
Until his arrest Pilkington, photo above, worked as a mechanic for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. His annual salary was $12,566. His additional charges include two marijuana possessions, an assault and illegally carrying a weapon
Pilkington’s arrest culminated a long chain of misfortune. He was seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck on July 29, 2013. He was not wearing a helmet. He was unconscious for days, broke his left leg, lost several teeth, underwent multiple surgeries, had his spleen removed and suffered brain damage. His step father died in 2014 and his wife left him and took their three children with her a year ago.