Texas bikers involved in a wild shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco have waited since the May 17 melee to find out what will happen to them. On Tuesday, a grand jury returned 106 indictments in the incident that left nine dead and 18 injured.
The indictments from the McLennan County grand jury against members of the Cossacks, Bandidos and other biker groups were for engaging in organized criminal activities linked to the shootout, according to WFAA-TV
"We're not done," said McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna. "We still have a lot of work to do, and we'll continue to do that. We're going to analyze this evidence; we're going to see that justice is done."
The Houston Chronicle
said the Bandidos, who got their start in Houston, claimed all of Texas as their home turf, and trouble started brewing when the Cossacks started wearing "Texas" patches without Bandidos approval.
"In the world of motorcycle clubs, such a move amounts to the Cossacks declaring Texas to be their turf, and is an open and bold defiance of the Bandidos," said the Chronicle. "The groups clashed at the Twin Peaks shortly before what was to be a gathering of regional motorcycle clubs to which the Cossacks were not invited."
Some 177 bikers were arrested during the May incident, but Reyna would not say whether the rest of those arrested would be indicted in the next grand jury session next week, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald
The indictments said the defendants caused bodily injury and named 24 bikers who were either shot, stabbed, cut or struck.
Renya has been pushing against a six-month deadline for indictments, noting that defense attorneys for those not indicted can file motions charges to be dismissed 180 days after their arrest.
All nine bikers killed in the shootout were from Texas: Daniel Raymond Boyett, 44, of Waco; Wayne Lee Campbell, 43, of Fort Worth; Richard Matthew Jordan II, 31, of Pasadena; Richard Vincent Kirschner Jr., 47, of Wylie; Jacob Lee Rhyne, 39, of Ranger; Jesus Delgado Rodriguez, 65, of New Braunfels; Manuel Issac Rodriguez, 40, of Allen; Charles Wayne Russell, 48, of Tyler, and Matthew Mark Smith, 27, of Keller.
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