Waco Prosecutor Fires Last Friend

June 20, 2018

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Waco Prosecutor Fires Last Friend

Yesterday afternoon, McLennan County, Texas District Attorney Abelino Reyna fired Assistant District Attorney Amanda Lee Dillon.

Over the last three years, Reyna has been repeatedly portrayed in public documents and reports as a corrupt, self-absorbed, bully and demagogue who was being investigated for corruption by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time of the Twin Peaks Mass Murder on May 17, 2015. Yesterday’s firing hardly rehabilitated his reputation. It didn’t seem to serve any purpose other than to demonstrate Reyna’s reflexive cruelty.

Dillon, a 38-year-old mother married to a United States Marshal, always seemed like an unlikely co-conspirator for a corrupt politician. She came from a sheltered and pious background. She attended the pricey and provincial Lake Country Christian School in Fort Worth which requires its students to perform public service. She graduated from Abilene Christian University where she attended chapel daily and took several courses about the Bible. She went to law school at Baylor and worked as a prosecutor in Smith County, Texas before moving back to Waco.

Dillon For Reyna

She was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Reyna. On Halloween 2010, Dillon wrote a guest editorial in the Waco Tribune-Herald titled “McLennan County needs Abel Reyna as DA.”

“I am a career prosecutor who has represented the state in more than 42 criminal jury trials in Texas” Dillon began. “Before moving to McLennan County, I was warned of the district attorney’s reputation as a weak and ineffective criminal prosecutor. But I was shocked to hear John Segrest’s claim that refusing to prosecute 50 percent of the felony arrests made by law enforcement is acceptable and commonplace within the state of Texas. I assure you that it is not.

“No longer should McLennan County be seen by would-be criminals as a great place to do business. No longer should McLennan County be a joke among prosecutors and law enforcement in other Texas counties. John Segrest should be ashamed of his reputation and not turn a blind eye to it while living off the taxpayers for another four years. Business as usual might be great for a career politician, but it’s not good for the people of this community.

“As prosecutors our job is to fight crime one case at a time, and it is an insult to hardworking prosecutors and victims alike to watch John Segrest dismiss hard cases and plead other offenders’ cases down to laughable sentences. Law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to protect this community. It’s time for a new district attorney who will work together with law enforcement to change McLennan County’s reputation. This career prosecutor is supporting Abel Reyna.”

Reyna announced Dillon’s appointment to his staff on December 29, 2010.

Twin Peaks

Dillon and Michael Jarrett were the two prosecutors assigned to imagine a successful prosecution of 192 Twin Peaks defendants. Together, they attended the trials of Bandidos Curtis Jack Lewis in Abilene and Howard Wayne Baker in Fort Worth. Both prosecutions were based on Texas’ “Law of Parties” which stipulates that a person does not actually have to be guilty of a crime in order to be found guilty of it. At a hearing in September 2016, Dillon declared that she had become an expert in motorcycle “gangs.”

“Outlaw motorcycle gangs is all I have done for two years,” she testified under oath. She explained that she had received “extensive training” by attending a course sponsored by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and an annual conference sponsored by the Texas Gang Investigators Association. “Based on” her “experience and training” Dillon testified that she considered “the Cossacks and Bandidos to be criminal street gangs.” In a statement that indicates that she had access to sealed material in the federal RICO prosecution of Bandidos Jeffrey Pike and John Portillo she said she had learned that “the Bandidos are at war with the Cossacks and the Kinfolk” motorcycle clubs.

Dillon was one of four prosecutors, along with Jarrett, Reyna and Brady Burks to prosecute Bandidos Dallas chapter president Christopher Jacob Carrizal last fall. The trial lasted six weeks and ended with a hung jury.


Reyna lost a primary election to Barry Johnson last March but will remain in office until next year. Jarrett and Burks resigned in April. Burks took a job as a criminal justice advisor to Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Jarrett took a job litigating claims with an insurance company.

Dillon may have been surprised to lose her job. According to Tommy Witherspoon of the Tribune-Harald, she was fired abruptly. Witherspoon reported that Reyna called her into his office yesterday afternoon, fired her and had her thrown out of the building.

Multiple news outlets including The Associated Press are reporting that Dillon was fired because she had lawfully and morally cooperated with an ongoing FBI corruption investigation.

It is possible that Dillon will be back in her office in six months. More than two dozen Twin Peaks cases remain unresolved. The winner of next November’s general election will need an experienced prosecutor familiar with the evidence in those cases. She continued to prepare to prosecute those cases by attending the month’s long trial of Pike and Portillo earlier this year.

Once she escapes Reyna’s shadow she may turn out to be a better person than she has appeared to be so far.


16 Responses to “Waco Prosecutor Fires Last Friend”

  1. neumann Says:

    Hey Rebel,

    I had the good or bad fortune to tune into live coverage of Sgt. Swanton’s news conference way back on day one of the Waco nightmare. I smelled fish right off the get-go.


    I’ve followed the Waco nightmare intermittently ever since… and I’m sorry to say intermittent means once a year or so.

    Glad to see you’re still on the file. (Even though I’m totally appalled that there IS a file this many years later.)

    Thanks, Rebel, and please keep on kicking against the pricks.


    I’m utterly incredulous that we’re still at square one on that file.

  2. freebird Says:

    I have to wonder…. was she talking smack or does she have a skeleton closet too

  3. DUTCHBOY Says:

    Good bye, good riddance, don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.

    She participated in the public rape of the reputations and lives of hundreds of innocent people. The “just following orders” defense failed at Nuremberg and it doesn’t work now.

    Want to redeem yourself Missy? Help the Fibbies burn your former boss into the ground and push to have all remaining charges against the Twin Peaks victims dismissed with prejudice.

  4. david Says:

    Un-Able may BE a cop, playing the role of a DA.

  5. JD Says:

    The cops were kissing his ass 3 years ago.

  6. RW Says:

    The cops in waco don’t like reyna either.

  7. Old & Jaded Says:

    The Waco Tribune noted, “McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna on Tuesday fired prosecutor Amanda Dillon, the last of Reyna’s remaining employees who provided information to the FBI during its investigation of Reyna…When she asked for grounds for the dismissal, Dillon said Reyna only responded, “It’s all documented.” …Dillon said she will meet soon with civil attorneys to discuss a possible whistleblower lawsuit against Reyna.”

    What an ass to reply to someone that previously supported him with, “It’s all documented.” All things considered, amazing that county officials have allowed him to remain in office pending the arrival of his replacement. Not that from a defense perspective this isn’t good news but it certainly makes prosecuting any remaining Twin Peaks cases harder for the new DA if all the attorneys with case expertise are gone, now doesn’t i?

    Reyna appears to be melting like a snow cone in Phoenix. The new DA is going to have a lot of work rebuilding the faith of the public in this office.

  8. Dasein Says:

    FXDWG: Bingo! Sheds a little more light on why Reyna has made it this far, the support of corrupt cops, and of course the morons who elected him. Waco is obviously a first degree shithole.

  9. FXDWG Says:

    Maybe there’s another reason for her getting fired – she dne pissed off the Police:

    From the WacoTrib article about her firing:
    Earlier this month, Dillon was lead prosecutor and won a conviction against George Neville, a former Waco police officer who choked a handcuffed prisoner. He will be sentenced later this month.

  10. Paula Carroll Swann Says:

    WOW,how disturbing to know about her background and knowing what all she did to these people. She sure needs to ask God for forgiveness.
    A expert in gang’s NOT even close to the truth. Just because you took class’s read some book’s doesn’t mean shit. Let’s take a walk in the real world.
    I can say this, if these gang’s are all that you was taught to be, then you are a FOOL. These people are human beings and the Constitution applies to them and you are well aware of the perjury.

  11. Filburt Says:

    Dillion was a DA in Smith county, TX. Smith county is the most corrupt shit-hole in TX. Jack Sheen, David Dobbs, AD Clark, Matt Bingham. Do your research on each one of the above. Dillion is a product of a long line of corrupt DA and judges.

  12. Road Rage Says:

    If you lie with shit – you will smell like shit.

    Fuck those people.

    Ride hard, stay free.

    Road Rage

  13. Paladin Says:

    For all her Christian schooling and upbringing, Dillon not only stood by while Reyna and Co. destroyed the lives of many innocent people, but took an active role in doing so.

    When one’s schedule is taken up with all that bible study and genuflecting in chapel, there is little or no time left to learn the difference between right and wrong.

    Religion; it’s given people hope in a world torn apart by religion. – Jon Stewart


  14. jrino Says:

    hey you sleep with a turd like Reyna you get what you deserve. If she was talking to the FBI you can bet Reyna made a big mistake thinking he could fire her and shut her up.

  15. freebird Says:

    Once she escapes Reyna’s shadow she may turn out to be a better person than she has appeared to be so far

    Think we will have to place that judgement under seal

    Hell give her immunity so Reyna gets to meet his maker like Jesse Washington did

  16. Aanon Says:

    In for a penny, in for a pound. Too bad it’s a pound of flesh for people they don’t know.

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