The first of the 154 Waco Twin Peaks defendants indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity at the restaurant on May 17, 2015 will be Christopher Jacob Carrizal. He is a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.
His trial is scheduled to begin on May 22. He will be prosecuted by Assistant McLennan County District Attorney Michael Jarrett and he will be defended by Landon Northcutt. Northcutt represents three Bandidos in the same case. His other clients include Jacob Carrizal’s father, Christopher Julian Carrizal and Jerry Edward Pierson. All three men are from Dallas.
Northcutt told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he may seek a continuance because he has not yet been able to examine all the evidence that has been released by prosecutors.
As recently as last week, Jarrett had refused to say which of the three men he wanted to try first. A usually informed source with access to the McLennan County District Attorney’s office has told The Aging Rebel Jarrett “wanted one he could win.” The Aging Rebel believes Jarrett may try to prove that Jacob Carrizal harmed or threatened a 52-year-old Cossack prospect named Clifford Pearce as Cossacks streamed into the Twin Peaks parking lot in order to prevent the arriving Bandidos from parking.
The disinformation that the brawl started when a Bandido ran over Pearce’s foot was widely reported after the incident. It seems certain that every juror at Carrizal’s trial will have long ago memorized the widely publicized fiction, most widely disseminated by The Washington Post, that the fight started when a Bandido ran over a “young” Cossack prospect’s foot. Pearce was wounded in the shoulder by a bullet that was probably fired by police. The bullet struck Pearce’s Fourth Thoracic Vertebrae. He remains paralyzed.
In a hospital interview with police, Pearce said: “He was walking between the bikes outside the patio at Twin Peaks. He said the Bandidos’ upper people came in and a scuffle started going on. He said the Bandidos were trying to park their motorcycles.”
In response to a question about the start of the fight Pearce told police that a Cossack Nomad named “Big O” was “scuffling between the motorcycles.”
Pearce said, “during the scuffle he heard a gunshot and he hit the dirt. He said he then heard a bunch of gunshots.” The detective who interviewed Pearce asked “if he had gotten his foot ran over.” Pearce said “he did not. He said the Bandidos had came in and he may not have gotten out of the way quick enough. He said he could not identify any of the Bandidos and said the scuffle was with the two Bandidos that were trying to back their bikes up and he did not see them get off of their bikes. Again, he said he did not get his foot run over, but may not have gotten out of the way fast enough and said he was in the way.”
Jarrett had a national reputation before the Twin Peaks bloodbath as the district attorney who shot out a courthouse window while playing with a Glock 22.
Afterward, in November 2013, Jarrett told the Tribune-Herald it was “just an unfortunate accident” and explained that had asked to see his colleague’s new Glock pistol and asked whether it was loaded when he was examining the gun. Assured it was not loaded, and despite a double check, he didn’t see a bullet slide into a chamber before he aimed at the window and pulled the trigger.
Two weeks later, District Attorney Abelino Reyna issued a statement in which he said: “I will stand by Michael. He is aware of the mistake he made and has accepted responsibility for his actions. With that said, Michael is also an extremely talented trial lawyer and one of the top prosecutors in the State of Texas. Much of our success at the DA’s office could not have been accomplished without the efforts and tireless work ethic of Michael Jarrett. These and additional actions were necessary to ensure that this type of incident does not happen again and that the McLennan County Criminal District Attorney’s Office can move forward stronger than we were before.”
Jarrett was briefly demoted from First Assistant but given his old job back ten months later.