Family reacts to dropped Twin Peaks charges

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Linda Sperlingas is at odds with McLennan County District Attorney Barry Johnson’s decision to drop all charges related to the Twin Peaks shootout of 2015.

Her son, Danny Boyett, was a member of the Cossacks motorcycle club who was killed – along with eight other men.

“People were killed. Murdered. What he’s saying is that it is okay to go out and kill somebody and your’re going to get off,” Sperlingas says.

Johnson told FOX44 News that expensive trials and lack of evidence are part of the reason for his decision.

“I think he’s in somebody’s pocket or they’re in his pocket or something,” Sperlingas says.

Waco City Attorney Jennifer Richie released a statement on Wednesday saying, in part: 

“While the police department may have a different perspective on the prosecutions, we respect the decision of the D.A., and the city looks forward to working with his office in the future.”

According to prosecution witnesses during the Carrizal trial, police shot Boyett twice. 

“I would like to see the ones that did kill be convicted of it. I don’t care whether they are police or who they are,” Sperlingas says.

Former District Attorney Abel Reyna issued a statement on Wednesday about Johnson’s decision:

“I absolutely disagree with the overall result as well as several statements and accusations within Mr. Johnson’s press release. However, it is solely his decision on how to proceed with any case in the District Attorney’s Office.” 

Sperlingas now wonders if she will ever get answers.

“I don’t think it’s right at all. I think the City of Waco, the police, everybody should have answered for what they did to my son,” Sperlingas says.

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