Six Shooter Junction – Defendants in the Twin Peaks cases have signaled a clear-cut strategy to bankrupt McLennan County – the silent threat that they might bring their violent conflict into the corridors and courtrooms of the antiquated Victorian-era courthouse.
All of the 155 indicted defendants are accused of the identical offense of “engaging in organized criminal behavior” in the commission of capital murder, and/or aggravated assault through the use of whips, chains, firearms, brass knuckles, knives, and other weapons.
Waco Police and Department of Public Safety officers, on the other hand, have been absolved of any criminal charges by Grand Jury action to decline to return any true bill of indictment against them for firing AR-15 assault rifles into the middle of the fighting crowd.
McLennan County Judge Scott Felton labeled “unsustainable” the projected costs of ramped-up security needs by providing overtime pay for deputies who need to work two jobs in order to make ends meet.
Chief Deputy David Kilcrease called the tune, saying the need for beefed up Twin Peaks trial security precludes the less costly practice of awarding compensatory time off. The trials are scheduled to begin in April, almost two years after the May 17, 2015 massacre that erupted as a Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting was beginning on the patio of the trendy beer joint and sports bar – its purpose, to discuss and update the status of proposed legislation in the Legislature regarding motorcycle safety funds gleaned from registration fees and constitutional handgun carry laws.
During that long interlude, not one defendant has offered to accept a plea bargain, relieving the State of its strict burden of proof in a costly trial by jury.
A daily news article quoted Kilcrease, saying, “We’re going to have, not just two competing motorcycle groups who both have violent tendencies, but they’ve also got a lot of affiliated groups. There’s a huge number of people who may or may not be prone to violence or acting out in a way that’s inappropriate.”
Ain’t that the truth. You might have a security guy from the Constable’s office, take a little old fat man’s pen out of the basket there, and act like he’s going to stab the old boy in the eye, then get loud and stupid and say it’s the little old man’s fault. Stuff like that. Need a lot of overtime to front that out.
The two competing motorcycle groups are clearly bent on a strategy that will show the officials their error – that they can’t afford all this here. They need to drop a lot of foolish charges and go head on with the ones they can prove. These folks refuse to cop a plea.
A POLICE OFFICER CAUGHT ON CCTV FIRES FROM PATIO OF DON CARLOS CANTINA NEXT DOOR TO TWIN PEAKS DURING ‘MELEE’