Updates on the Waco Twin Peaks Shooting-
In a day that seemed would never come, the first trial from the Twin Peaks Shootout in Waco, Texas is scheduled to begin next week. Jacob Carrizal who is the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, will be the first defendant being tried.
Come Monday morning, prospective jurors will complete a 65 question questionnaire which is common for cases that have received pre-trial publicity. Now, the question remains what juror has not heard or seen media accounts of this trial and if they are biased because of it. In the era of social media, it would basically be impossible not to of heard of something. I’m sure in the past a change of venue was requested, but denied as we have seen what ultimately has become the judicial system in Waco, Texas with the removal and recusal of judges.
Interesting enough, Carrizal was always the D.A.’s choice to stand trial first even though other defendants wanted to go first. Carrizal was hand picked by the D.A. to be the first biker to go on trial most likely because the D.A. believes that this is an easy conviction. They would then pressure the rest of the defendants to take pleas. For those that take pleas, there would be no civil rights suit. But, what if the opposite happens? What if Carrizal is acquitted? Then the opposite holds true and D.A. would have set the tone for the remaining cases and find themselves not only on the losing end of the criminal trials, but civil rights lawsuits that would bankrupt the corrupt town of Waco.
Carrizal will be facing charges of one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang, one count of engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of murder and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of aggravated assault.