San Antonio – it all depends upon whom you may choose to believe when it comes to the final adjudication of murder charges against four men who allegedly carried out a 2006 murder at Austin.
Disposition of the cases of four men accused of murder in furtherance of racketeering on behalf of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club appears to be timed precisely with the dates leading up to the start of the Twin Peaks trials with the case of Jake Carrizal in 54th State District Court at Waco.
A quartet of suspects earlier reported in a trial balloon news story to have entered guilty pleas for their alleged part in the 2006 murder of an Austin biker accused of trying to start a Hell Angels chapter in Austin are yet to make their appearances before a federal magistrate to enter guilty pleas, according to court records filed this week.
Johnny Romo and Robert Romo, who according to mainstream media reports quoting government prosecutors are alleged to have been Bandidos will make appearances in Federal Magistrate’s Court on Friday, September 22, before Henry Bemporad at 10:30 and 2 pm respectively to enter pleas of guilty of murder in furtherance of racketeering, according to federal court records filed today.
Bandidos U.S.A. National President Bill Sartelle denied they were Bandidos when their arrests were announced last March. He said he had expelled them from the membership much earlier.
Their attorneys are ordered to bring the text of any plea agreements reached with federal prosecutors to their hearings.
Jesse James Benavidez, who is charged with the discharge of a firearm in the murder of Anthony Benesh III outside an Austin pizza restaurant where he and his wife took their children for dinner and Norberto Serna, Jr., will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Betsy Chestney on Monday, September 25 at 2 pm, and Wednesday Seeptember 27 at 2:30 pm, respectively.
These appearances are neatly timed to fit in a notch with preparations for the jury trial of former national Bandidos President Jeffrey Pike and Vice President John Xavier Portillo on Monday, February 5, 2018.
Motions are due in that case by November 11, plea agreements if any on or before a January 19 deadline, and exhibits and wiretapping evidence must be entered by DEA and other federal agencies by September 30, 2017 for approval by defense counsel.
The Twin Peaks jury trial of Jake Carrizal will begin a day earlier at Waco.
Two retired State District Court Judges who ordered Judge Ralph T. Strother’s recusal for bias made mention of his stalling tactics to delay the start of Twin Peaks prosecutions until some idea of the disposition of the federal RICO trials for alleged murder, extortion, drug dealing, and other offenses by Pike and Portillo could be obtained.
Carrizal’s case was targeted by prosecutors and judges, according to many attorneys involved with defense of the 154 persons indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity at a Waco political meeting to be held at Twin Peaks Restaurant because of the belief that it will be easy to build a case for his culpability because the gunfight seems to have begun when he and a few more than 30 other Bandits arrived on their motor scooters about 12:30 pm on May 17, 2015 for the Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting that was aborted by the gunfight.
There is much evidence to be presented that a few members of the largely white Cossacks Motorcycle Club with ties to the Aryan Circle prison clique participated with undercover police to attack Hispanic members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, while most Cossacks were unaware of their machinations.
The mass shooting – much of it done by police armed with M-4 .223 cal. Patrol Rifles, left 9 dead, many of them shot in the back or the back of the head, and 20 wounded. A total of 177 were arrested for the totally amorphous conspiracy offense of engaging in organized criminal activity with no particularity specified as to the exact nature of each individual’s part in any such offense committed in combination with two or more other defendants.