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Waco Bikers Melee: Court Case Moves Forward With 48 New Indictments

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Police officers stand watch from the roof of the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco, Texas May 18, 2015. Police braced for retaliation attacks after 170 people were charged on Monday in connection with the shootout among motorcycle gangs a day earlier that left nine dead and 18 wounded at the Twin Peaks restaurant turned into a blood-soaked crime scene. (Laura Buckman/Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 24 Mar 2016 10:44 AM

The case of warring Waco bikers who engaged in a melee last May continued to move forward Wednesday with the McLennan County grand jury returning 48 new indictments, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

A source told the newspaper that six of the indictments were sealed, as they were likely connected with people who have not yet been arrested. The indictments bring the total number of people who have been indicted in the 2015 Twin Peaks restaurant shootout to 154.

Nine people were killed and 18 injured during the May 17, 2015, melee, reported WFAA-TV. The Tribune-Herald stated that the term of the current McLennan County grand jury was extended 90 days in December so they could continue to hear the cases connected with the biker incident.

The brawl occurred when an uninvited biker gang appeared at the restaurant, where a coalition of motorcycle groups had reserved the outdoor bar area, reported CNN. Tensions had been growing between the Bandidos and Cossacks biker clubs over territory and respect, authorities said.

Police confiscated 480 weapons from the scene, including 151 guns, along with assorted knives, brass knuckles, batons, hammers and padlocks wrapped in bandanas.

"From this point, these cases will be assigned to a court, and an arraignment date will be set for each case," said McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna. "This is an ongoing investigation and will continue."

Some of the defendants said in November, according to The New York Times, that they plan a strong defense against the charges of engaging in organized criminal activity.

"What I would characterize [the indictments] as you couldn't print," Paul Looney, a Houston lawyer representing Cody Ledbetter, told the New York Times in November.

Looney told the Times that his client, a Waco mechanic, was wrongly arrested in the Twin Peaks incident and had "never been in trouble a day in his life."

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The case of warring Waco bikers who engaged in a melee last May continued to move forward Wednesday with the McLennan County grand jury returning 48 new indictments, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.
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