This story was published at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time on April 6 and corrected at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The original story stated that Jacob Rhyne was shot in the chin with a bullet that then penetrated his neck. Rhyne was shot in the neck but not the chin. The story has been corrected to reflect that. The Aging Rebel regrets the error.
Stephen Stubbs, the Las Vegas attorney who has appeared on television numerous times in the past few months speaking on behalf of both the Mongols Motorcycle Club and the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, has released four videos of the Twin Peaks Massacre last May to YouTube and to Waco television station KCEN.
The station describes Stubbs as a “biker rights attorney.”
The station ran clips from the four videos earlier today The videos are from the two surveillance videos on the Twin Peaks restaurant patio, from the pole camera installed that morning at 7 a.m. by Texas Department of Public Safety agent Christopher Frost and from a dash camera video mounted in a Waco Police SUV occupied by Waco Swat officers Michael Bucher and Heath Jackson.
KCEN bragged it “was the first media outlet in the country to bring you this video.”
In a phone interview, Stubbs told the television station that he had received the video from “multiple media sources” which had embargoed its release until yesterday. “The video should have been released a long time ago. The video doesn’t lie,” Stubbs said. “When I watch the video, it’s clear to me that the Cossacks were there to cause trouble”
The Aging Rebel has also had possession of the same videos for more than six months.
Stubbs got the videos from CNN last October after Stubbs appeared on the cable network as a “Bandidos attorney.” When CNN initially cablecast portions of the four videos last year, the videos were titled “Waco Police Department.” Taken alone, divorced from additional eyewitness statements and documentary evidence, the grainy, edited video broadcast by KCEN seems to show that police acted responsibly and prudently that day.
For example, the videos when taken together show that the Cossacks had at least two gunmen on the Twin Peaks patio who fired into the parking lot almost simultaneously. The three videos all show five foot four inch, 135 pound, 65-year-old Jesus Delgado “Jesse” “Mohawk” Rodriguez throat punching and body slamming one of those two gunmen. The Aging Rebel believes that gunman, a Cossacks chapter sergeant at arms whose identity this page has still not yet confirmed, injured his right arm in that fall.
As the two men grappled on the ground a second patio gunman, a Cossack named Jacob Lee “Rattle Can” Rhyne fired at Rodriguez and missed. Rhyne then stomped Rodriguez and shot him between the eyes, Rhyne is identifiable because of the length of his beard and because he was wearing his “favorite baseball cap.” Rhyne was close enough to Rodriguez when he killed him that the muzzle flash hit Rodriguez in the face. According to Rodriguez’ autopsy report, “Gunshot residue in the form of gunpowder, an apparent metal fragment, nitrite residue, apparent vaporous lead, and lead particulate was observed near” the entry wound. The bullet passed through Rodriguez head and was not recovered.
The shots fired at Rodriguez appear to be the fifth and sixth shots Rhyne fired that day.
Rattle Can Rhyne
Rhyne then turned around, adjusted his favorite baseball cap and walked into the parking lot. He shot at someone else on the ground and he was preparing to execute yet another Bandido when either Bucher or Jackson shot him with a police issued assault rifle. The bullet penetrated Rhyne’s neck and struck his carotid artery. He just had time to reach for his face with both hands before the immediate blood pressure drop in his brain caused him to collapse and die. Rhyne was one of two Cossacks killed by police who were shot in the neck.
In the sort of giant scoop that has been typical of this tragic case, Texas writer Julie Lyons told half of Texas in two articles in two newspapers earlier this year that Rhyne was, “a big ol’ bear of a man, tall and strong and slightly rotund, with a long, ginger beard hiding a strong-jawed, handsome face” who died because “the Bandidos’ top leaders had secretly declared war on the Cossacks, ordering their minions to attack Cossacks on contested turf.”
The video broadcast by KCEN also shows Cossack Richard “Bear” Kirshner using a three foot length of heavy chain as a flail. Kirshner bought the chain that morning at a big box hardware story called Atwood’s Ranch and Home eight miles north of the restaurant. Kirshner was shot three times during the fight. Once by a Bandido in apparent self defense and twice by police. When he finally fell, Kirshner landed less than ten feet from the lifeless body of Jesse Rodriguez.
When KCEN asked McLennan County District Attorney to comment on the video released by Stubbs, he replied “I’m not shocked.”
Stubbs does not represent any clients in either the civil or criminal cases that have resulted from the brawl last May 17.
You can view the KCEN report here.
You can view the four videos Stubbs gave to KCEN below.