Waco Goes All In

November 11, 2015

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Waco Goes All In

A McLennan County grand jury indicted 106 people yesterday on criminal charges for their alleged actions during a brief, intensely violent riot last May 17 at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco Texas.

Ninety-seven of the accused were named and they were all indicted for “engaging in organized criminal activity,” a Texas law that allows prosecutors to charge members of a group, or combination, of working together to commit a crime. The government will not have to convince a jury that the indicted individuals actually committed the crimes of murder or assault. The prosecution will try to convince a jury that the indicted wore group identifiers, or indicia that indicated their alliance with either the Cossacks Motorcycle Club or the Bandidos Motorcycle Club; that they were aware or should have been aware of a potentially violent, ongoing, territorial dispute between the two clubs; that they had access to weapons and that they maintained that access in anticipation of an interclub conflict.

The McLennan County prosecutor’s theory of how nine men came to be murdered and 18 more became hospitalized is exactly opposite to the Florida “stand your ground” law that exonerated an Iron Order Motorcycle Club prospect named Kristopher Stone after he shot an unarmed Black Pistons Motorcycle Club member named Zachariah “Nas T” Tipton in the head during a bike night at a restaurant in Jacksonville Beach, Florida in June 2014.

Named And Unnamed

The names of 97 of the indicted were released by Dallas television station WFAA and the Waco Tribune-Herald. All of those who have been named so far were arrested after being detained for questioning at the Waco Civic Center last May. Nine of the indictments are sealed. The Tribune-Herald reported all nine of the unnamed were defendants who were not arrested last May. The grand jury indicted all 106 people prosecutors Abelino “Abel” Reyna, Michael Jarrett and Amanda Dillon told them to indict.

The fact that the grand jury returned indictments after meeting for only about nine hours is not exactly a surprise. As Solomon Wachtler, a colorful and probably criminal former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals once remarked, “a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich.” What is surprising is that prosecutors sought indictments against so many defendants including nine who had previously escaped arrest. After the indictments were announced, a San Antonio attorney named Jay Norton told the Dallas Morning News “This is amazing and truly scary. We do not understand what the district attorney’s office is doing, but it’s not about reality.”

The aftermath of the Twin Peaks Massacre has never been about reality. It has always been about preening, posturing and covering up. The only real question has always been whether any of the hicks and hacks who run Waco would ever find the decency to fold. Now, it is pretty obvious that Waco is all in.

More To Come

Eighty of the May 17 arrestees are still unindicted. Technically, if their lawyers can schedule the requisite hearings, they can be released from bond. One of Texas’ many laws says you can be released from bond unless the criminal justice beast indicts you within 180 days. That isn’t likely to happen before November 18 when the grand jury next meets. And if yesterday is a clue, at least 80 more people will be indicted then.

“We are not done,” Reyna promised at a press conference. “We still have a lot of work to do. We will continue to do that. My office is dedicated, as is the team, to seeing that justice is done in all those cases.”

When asked for comment, Dallas attorney Clint Broden replied, “Unlike Mr. Reyna, I believe I must follow the gag order that his office requested Judge Johnson to enter.  This gag order makes it difficult to respond to Mr. Reyna’s press conference as I am prohibited from discussing the case and can only discuss the gag order itself.”

The names of the indicted that have been announced so far are listed in  alphabetical order below. Every one of them has a story. Each one is unique. Most of them are innocent.

The Named So Far

Noe Adame
William Chance Aikin
Ray Arnold Allen
John O. Arnold
Ronald Noel Atterbury

Colter Bajovich
Jeff Battey
Michael Don Baxley
Richard Benavides
Burton George Bergman
Ronnie Carl Bishop
Mitchell Bradford
Brian Joseph Brinks
Robert Bucy

Salvador Berber Campos
Aaron Carpenter
Christopher Carrizal Jr.
Jason Cavazos
Rene Cavazos
Michael Chaney
Matthew Clendennen
Lindell Floyd Copeland
Roy Covey
John Craft

Dalton Davis
Jason Dillard
Richard Rudy Donias

James Ensey

Nate Farish

Lawrence Garcia
Lance Geneva
James L. Gray
Nathan Clark Grindstaff
Valdemar Guajardo Jr.
John Guerrero

Bryan Tackitt Harper
Michael Herring

Tommy Keith Jennings
Daniel Johnson

Edgar Kelleher
Laurence Kemp
Michael Kenes
Jeremy King

Thomas Paul Landers
Cody Ledbetter
Jarrod Lehman
Brian Logan
Richard Luther

Noble Mallard
Joshua Logan Martin
Terry Scott Martin
David Martinez
Eleazar Martinez
Joseph Matthews
Wesley McAlister
Billy McRee
Tom Modesto Mendez
Rudy Mercado
Marshall Mitchell
Juventino Montellano
John Moya
Doss Barron Murphy

Dusty Alan Oehlert
Joseph Ortiz

Anthony Shane Palmer
Melvin Pattenaude
Marcus Ryan Pilkington
Larry E. Pina

David Rasor
Clayton Dewayne Reed
Jacob Reese
Owen Reeves
Kristopher Rhyne
Robert Robertson
Christopher Rogers
George Rogers

Jorge Daniel Salinas
Phillip Sampson
Timothy Shayne Satterwhite
Trey Short
Kyle Smith
Seth A. Smith
James Edward Stallings

Blake Scott Taylor
Michael Glenn Thomas

Christian Valencia
John Phillip Vensel

Ronald Warren
Reginald Weathers
Mark Allen White
John Samuel Wiley
Jacob Ryan Wilson
John Robert Wilson
Gregory Wayne Wingo
Ricky Wayne Wycough

Lawrence Raymond Yager
Gage Yarborough


109 Responses to “Waco Goes All In”

  1. XYZ Says:

    A Houston lawyer, representing a biker charged in the Twin Peaks clash, traveled to Waco Monday with a bold offer that might be too intriguing for a judge not to indulge him.

    The plan, described in a motion filed in McLennan County, stands to save the 105 other defendants as well as prosecutors, police, and dozens of other lawyers and courthouse personnel from a massive, expensive legal boondoggle.

    As lawyer Paul Looney sees it, there is no way the county can handle the cost, time and logistics of prosecuting 106, and maybe more bikers, especially if most of them refuse plea agreements and demand trials.

    Even if the county held a trial a week _ week in and week out without a break _ it would be about two years before all would be resolved, he said.

    Instead, Looney holds out his client, who he said is ready to stand trial immediately without a change of venue or any more evidence, and serve as a test case for everyone on all sides of a melee that left nine people dead and at least 18 wounded.



  2. XYZ Says:

    Thanks for the link old & stoned

  3. The Truth Says:

    They should call them into a mass hearing and execute every single POS there.

  4. Rebel Says:

    Dear The Truth,

    Thank you Sergeant Swanton,


  5. Road Whore Says:

    @ The Truth:

    I agree! Every POS cop should be brought into a mass hearing, and all together executed! Hear! Hear!

    Ride Free to Rebel and the Regulars

  6. NCRider Says:

    What Road Whore said! Good idea, The Truth. Including you.

  7. Christo Says:

    More theater. As a famous lawyer said long ago “A prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich”.
    The prosecutor only has to present a small piece of the flimsiest of evidence hinting toward a crime , and the grand jury okays an indictment solely on that. No evidence to the contrary or any other facts/evidence need be presented. In general a grand jury has no other recourse than to indict based on what they are presented with and whatever law was cited as broken.

    You shoot someone busting into your house and raping your children, a prosecutor would have no problem indicting you for shooting that person. As no other factors need be included or given to the grand jury. Of course they won’t usually because they have common sense and know there is great exculpatory facts involved.

    Here in this Waco incident, it is being done to cover up and delay the judgement of some severe police and prosecutorial misconduct.

  8. Gandalf Says:

    “A prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich” but impossible to indict a Cop. Shows you exactly what kind of “justice’ you get when it’s done in secrete.

  9. The Kraut Says:

    A ham sandwich has value and is edible.

    Cant say the same of most any cop.

    Prosecutors wont eat ham but they’ll sell it.

    Respect to those who warrant respect


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