One year after ATF agents attempted to serve a search warrant at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, the final chapter in the saga was being written in San Antonio.
Several of Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh’s followers were tried on murder, attempted murder and weapons charges in federal court in San Antonio.
Four of were found not guilty, including Clive Doyle.
“Branch Davidians are not anti-government and not anti-law enforcement,” Doyle said after the trial. “I’m sorry that those four agents are dead.”
Four agents from the federal government’s Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco agency were killed in an exchange of gunfire with Koresh and his followers on Feb. 28, 1993.
That began a 51-day siege that ended when the Branch Davidian compound burned to the ground after the government fired tear gas canisters into the compound.
Koresh and 75 of his followers died.
The trial in San Antonio ended in February 1994 with no murder or attempted murder convictions.
Six Koresh followers were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and weapons possession charges.
4 agents killed in Branch Davidian raid honored
Many of the federal agents involved in the botched raid on the Branch Davidians compound have gathered in Waco to remember the four agents killed 20 years ago.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives held a private ceremony Thursday to honor agents Conway LeBleu, Todd McKeehan, Robert John Williams and Steven Willis. They died in the Feb. 28, 1993, gun battle that erupted when agents raided the compound of the religious group suspected of stockpiling weapons. Six members of the group also died.
ATF spokeswoman Franceska Perot said ATF acting director B. Todd Jones spoke at the ceremony. Relatives of Willis and Williams attended as well.