UPDATE, 3:52 p.m.: Reeves is sobbing as she talks about how she found out the news about her son getting shot. She says her husband told her a Bandido shot him.
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: Yvonne Reeves takes the stand. Reeves is the mother of Richard Jordan, who was one of the bikers who died in the Twin Peaks shooting. After Gotro asked her if her son died in the shootout, she started crying.
UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: Jarrett asked Bridgeman about the “I pray for Bandidos Motorcycle Club” patch and Bridgeman says it’s just a patch. They are not a support club, saying the Soldiers for Jesus Motorcycle Club prays for everybody.
Bridgeman says they stopped wearing the patch because it became something it was not meant to be.
UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Soldiers for Jesus Motorcycle Club Houston Chapter President John Bridgeman is on the witness stand now.
UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Gotro is asking the witness about double-parked bikes after his statement earlier about it being disrespectful. Saying it’s actually courteous.
The witness steps down, and Gotro asks that he be subject to recall. The judge gives an afternoon recess.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: The judge and the attorneys are meeting inside of the chambers.
UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: The undercover cop says he had not heard of Christopher Jacob Carrizal before Twin Peaks.
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The Christopher Jacob Carrizal Trial has entered Day 17.
Before the jury could walk into the courtroom on Monday morning, Judge Matthew Johnson granted Defense Attorney Casie Gotro a 45 minute continuance for her to go over materials she just received.
Before the recess, Gotro asked the judge to dismiss Carrizal’s charges because of prosecutorial misconduct. She said the prosecutors hid evidence by not turning it in to her. She referred to a recording saying District Attorney Abel Reyna and two prosecutors were in a room with a Cossack who provided information she had not received. Jarrett said he and Reyna left the room because they knew the witness was lying.
Gotro told the judge that information would have changed the way she cross-examined all the witnesses except the first (the Twin Peaks cook).
The judge denied the motions. Gotro stormed out waving her finger at Jarrett with anger saying, “It’s criminal and it’s intentional.”
The jury walked into the courtroom, and the defense made their opening statement.
An undercover officer took the stand, and said he was in an unmarked car at Twin Peaks before the shooting happened. He said he didn’t know why the Cossacks were at Twin Peaks or who invited them.
The undercover cop said he interviewed Mark White, a Cossack, sometime between the end of April and the beginning of May. He said Mark White was at Twin Peaks the day of the shooting.
White was interviewed before the shooting because he was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon while circling Twin Peaks.
The undercover cop said there was conflict going between the Cossacks and the Bandidos. He heard it “was and wasn’t” because of a bottom rocker.
The undercover cop said Waco had not seen a big presence of bikers, especially Bandidos, since the early 2000’s. He said he expected fights at Twin Peaks, but never a shootout.
The undercover cop said he thought the presence of law enforcement would prevent violence from happening at Twin Peaks. He said he parked in the Don Carlos parking lot and saw a lot of Cossacks on the Twin Peaks patio and parking lot when he got there.
Gotro asked him why he did not do anything when he saw this since it alarmed him and he said, “I don’t have an answer for that, ma’am.”
The undercover cop said he saw one officer fire a weapon. This happened while he was taking cover. He said he did not walk on the immediate scene until hours after the shooting.
After a lunch recess, Gotro asked the undercover cop if he remembered seeing a man in a blue shirt pass his truck in the Don Carlos parking lot.
Gotro showed the jury surveillance video from Don Carlos while asking the witness these questions – pointing out a man in a blue shirt.
Gotro asked the witness if he noticed a man in a blue shirt tap his head a few times. He said, “It looked like he was scratching his head.”
She then asked if tapping your head had any significance in the motorcycle world. He said not that he was aware of.
Gotro asked the undercover cop if he knew the City of Waco declared May Motorcycle Awareness Month in 2015. He said no.
The defense passed the witness, and then the judge and lawyers met inside the chambers.
When the judge and attorneys came back inside the courtroom, the prosecutors continued the cross-examination.
The undercover cop said he was wearing a button-up shirt, blue jeans, and tennis shoes with a cap on the day of the shooting. He said he wore a soft vest and had a pistol with one magazine. He was not ready for the shootout.