It took a three-man, nine-woman jury about 90 minutes to find Abilene Bandido Curtis Jack Lewis not guilty Wednesday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Lewis and another Bandido named Wesley Dale Mason had been collectively accused of four counts of aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing two members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club in the parking lot of the Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant in Abilene on November 2, 2013. The two Cossacks are named Timothy Shane Satterwhite and Edward Corley.
Mason Takes Blame
Mason testified yesterday that he had actually stabbed Satterwhite and Corley. The fight broke out after Cossacks confronted an unknown number of Bandidos. After the fight the Bandidos left and the Cossacks stuck around to talk to the police who responded to the scene. Corley will probably argue that he acted in self defense. During Lewis’ trial, attorney Jon Hanna said Lewis had been attacked by Cossacks.
Satterwhite and another Cossack named Michael Don Baxley who testified against Lewis were both arrested in Waco last May 17 on suspicion of participating in organized criminal activity after a brawl between Cossacks, Bandidos and other motorcycle club members resulted in nine deaths and 20 hospitalizations. Corley’s truck was seized after it was found in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant where the brawl occurred.
Although there was no evidence that Lewis had actually stabbed anybody, he was charged with aggravated assault under Texas’ “law of parties.” The law allows bystanders to be convicted as accessories to capital crimes under certain circumstances – such as when the prosecutor is glib and the jurors are stupid. The incident at Logan’s Roadhouse has been widely portrayed as a seminal event in an incrementally escalating struggle between Cossacks and Bandidos that eventually, somehow, led to the Twin Peaks Massacre.
Twin Peaks Connection
Prosecutors in Waco have encouraged that theory. And they have also subscribed to the notion that seven or eight score of people who were at the Twin Peaks last May 17 are guilty of murder and assault under the law of parties even though they, like Lewis, never harmed anybody. The Abilene prosecutor, a fellow named James Hicks, tried to convince the jury that Lewis had “incrementally planned” an attack on Satterwhite and Corley.
Waco prosecutors will probably also use nonsense phrases to try to convince jurors that most of the defendants in Waco are guilty of murder because they expressed support for either the Cossacks or Bandidos.
Michael Jarrett and Amanda Dillon, the two McLennan County Assistant District Attorneys who are most involved in the Twin Peaks prosecution were in Abilene to observe and consult on Lewis’ trial. In the end, Lewis’ jury decided he couldn’t be guilty because he didn’t do the crime.