Hold onto your hats. There’s no way anybody could have seen this coming. The first trial in the Twin Peaks bloodbath case has been delayed indefinitely.
In November, Judge Matt Johnson said a member of the Valerosos Motorcycle Club named James Rosas would stand trial beginning January 23 for engaging in organized criminal activity. Rosas would be the first of 154 defendants to stand trial for wearing the wrong clothes to a meeting of the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents on May 17, 2015. Just a month before, there had been 155 defendants but one of them, a Cossack named Trey Alston Short, died October 7, 2016 in a motorcycle wreck.
At the time, Rosas attorney Tom Clarke, complained that there had been terabytes of discovery released and he couldn’t find anything pertinent to his client. The release of hundred of hours of audio and video recordings, tens of thousands of pages of photographs and hundreds of thousand of pages of phone records that have virtually no evidentiary value is called an “evidence dump.” It is a tactic unscrupulous prosecutors use to obstruct justice and it has featured prominently in the Twin Peaks case. Rosas trial was delayed but the junk evidence kept on coming.
Over New Year’s weekend, Judge Ralph Strother – who, along with Johnson, is one of only two judges assigned to the Twin Peaks cases – announced that the first trial would begin on April 17 and would determine the guilt or innocence of either Christopher Julian Carrizal, his son Christopher Jacob Carrizal or Jerry Edward Pierson. All three men are Bandidos.
Those three defendants and their attorney, Landon Northcutt, were in Strother’s court last Friday. Strother met in camera – how else – with Northcutt, McLennan County prosecutor Abelino Reyan and assistant prosecutors Michael Jarrett and Amanda Dillon before announcing the first trial would be delayed indefinitely.
Reyna, who has still not decided which of Northcutt’s three clients he wants to try first, just released another terabyte of “evidence” that may or may not be relevant to whatever it is he wants to prove that the two Carrizals and Pierson did. The most recent evidence dump is equivalent to 85,899,345 pages of Word documents or about 17.000 hours, of music. If all you did, 40 hours a week, was listen to a terabyte of music it would take 425 weeks to hear it all.
Paul Looney, a Houston attorney who represents a Cossack named Cody Ledbetter, attended the hearing. Ledbetter’s is a sad and annoying case. His father, Daniel Raymond “Diesel” Boyett, was killed by police at the Twin Peaks, apparently as he tried to crawl to cover. Looney has been trying to get Ledbetter tried almost since he was charged and when Northcutt asked for more time to go through the newly released evidence Looney asked if Ledbetter could go to trial on April 17. Looney is a confidant lawyer who believes his client is innocent so he doesn’t feel obliged to dance to the prosecutor’s discovery song.
Strother denied Looney’s request but he did give Ledbetter a September 11 trial date. The way things have gone with this case, Ledbetter may yet be the first defendant to reach trial.