A twelve person grand jury in Waco, Texas today rubber stamped 106 indictments against defendants arrested after the Twin Peaks Massacre last May. The number of indictments equals the number of cases the panel was presented today by McLennan County prosecutors Abelino “Abel” Reyna, Michael Jarrett and Amanda Dillon.
Theoretically, the grand jury proceedings are secret and there has not yet been a formal announcement of the indictments. Nor, have the names of the indicted yet been announced.
One hundred seventy-seven men and women were arrested May 17 and charged with engaging in organized crime. Nine men died and at least 18 were hospitalized following a gun battle that included members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, the Cossacks Motorcycle Club and police armed with semi-automatic rifles. The Aging Rebel has not determined if the indictees are limited to those arrested on May 17 or if defendants who were not arrested immediately after the massacre have also been indicted.
The indictments mean that at least 106 defendants will have to endure a trial or negotiate a plea and sentencing agreement.
Tommy Witherspoon of the Waco Tribune-Herald reported this morning that “Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Frazier entered the locked district attorney’s office and walked toward the grand jury chambers.”
Under Texas law, the grand jury has until this Friday to indict any of the initial 177 defendants before their attorneys can ask for the termination of their bonds. Any of the as yet unindicted defendants in the case may still be indicted in the next 30 months.
McLennan County grand juries usually convene just once every two weeks. This grand jury will probably meet with prosecutors again on November 18.