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Waco biker shootout: Where things stand a year later

Investigation continues; 3 Bandidos high ranking members arrested

(Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
(Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Tuesday marks one year since a deadly shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, between members of the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs. Nine bikers died in the shooting and 18 others were injured.

Authorities say the shooting arose from an apparent confrontation between the Bandidos, Cossacks and allied motorcycle clubs.

The shootout prompted a massive investigation that led to indictments for 154 of the 177 bikers arrested that day.

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They were all charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, which comes with a maximum sentence of life in prison. All the bikers are out of jail on bail, awaiting trial dates.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas has also indicted the highest-ranking members of the Bandidos organization, charging them with racketeering acts including murder, attempted murder, assault, intimidation, extortion, and drug trafficking. 

Jeffrey Fay Pike, the group's national president, was arrested in Houston on Jan. 6, 2016.

John Xavier Portillo, the group's national vice president; and Justin Cole Forster, the group's national sergeant at arms, were arrested in San Antonio on the same day.

Portillo and Forster have both entered not guilty pleas and remain in federal custody.

Pike has also pleaded not guilty and has been out on bail since mid-January.

Jury selection and trial is scheduled for all three defendants on Oct. 11, 2016, before U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra in San Antonio.

According to Waco police, 44 shell casings fired by law enforcement officers were recovered from the scene.

In March, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reportedly completed its report tracing the 151 guns recovered from the shooting scene while The Associated Press reported there were more than 400 weapons found at the site, firearms included.

Evidence also reviewed by the AP shows four people killed were struck by the same caliber of rifle fired by Waco police. It's unclear whether any bikers had similar guns.

According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, some of the motorcycles and other vehicles that were seized at the crime scene were expected to be auctioned off by the county if they were considered to be contraband associated with a crime.

A day after the shootout, Twin Peaks canceled the Waco restaurant's franchise because management at the location ignored the warnings and advice from police and the company, and did not “uphold the high security standards we have in place to ensure everyone is safe at our restaurants." 

Twin Peaks then announced the Waco location would not reopen.


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