48 more bikers indicted in Waco shootout

Total number of indictments from melee exceeds 150

By Holly Yan and Jeremy Grisham CNN
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Four dozen more bikers were indicted this week in connection with last year's deadly shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

That brings the total number of indictments from the melee to more than 150.

McLennan County Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna announced the 48 new indictments Wednesday. The vast majority of the defendants are accused of engaging in organized criminal activity.

"From this point, these cases will be assigned to a court, and an arraignment date will be set for each case," Reyna said in a statement.

The May 17 showdown between rival motorcycle clubs in Waco marked one of the bloodiest days in American biker lore. Nine bikers died and 177 people were arrested in the brawl that ended in a shootout with police.

Authorities have said the shootout began after an uninvited biker gang showed up at the restaurant, where a coalition of motorcycle groups had reserved the outdoor bar area.

Police reports said tensions had been brewing for months between the Bandidos and Cossacks biker clubs over territory and respect.

In all, police recovered 480 weapons from the scene: 151 guns, along with assorted knives, brass knuckles, batons, hammers and the bikers' blunt objects of choice -- padlocks wrapped in bandanas.

In November, a grand jury indicted 106 people in connection with the deadly fracas.

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