Biker arrested following Twin Peaks shooting released on $1 mill - KXXV Central Texas News Now


Biker arrested following Twin Peaks shooting released on $1 million bond

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WACO, TX (KXXV) - UPDATE: An attorney for one of the bikers arrested following the Twin Peaks shootings says his client bonded out and is out of jail as of Wednesday morning.

Jeff Battey is at a Dallas hospital to be treated for bullet fragments in his arm after posting his $1 million bond.

Battey was fitted with an electronic ankle monitor as a stipulation of his release, as will all the bikers who bond out of jail.
An attorney hired by the family of one of the bikers arrested in the Twin Peaks shootings says he finds it extremely hard to believe almost 200 people are guilty of engaging in organized criminal activity by committing capital murder.

Seth Sutton is representing Jeff Battey, a Bandidos member who is one of the 170 bikers in the McLennan County Jail Tuesday night facing those charges. Every single one of them were behind bars on a $1 million bond.

Battey became the first biker to post bond earlier Tuesday to get out of jail, but Sutton said authorities determined they were not releasing anyone without fitting them with an electronic ankle monitor. Sheriff Parnell McNamara confirmed that stipulation to News Channel 25 Tuesday night.

"We have to be careful not to rush to judgement," Sutton said. "Certainly some of the people arrested on Sunday committed heinous acts but many of them are simply witnesses, and certainly others, like my client who sits in the McLennan County jail with bullet fragments in his arm, are actually victims."

The attorney hopes to take his client to a Dallas area hospital as soon as he is released for treatment for his injuries.

"It's easy to get distracted by fear, emotion, by misinformation," Sutton added. "We as a community have to ensure people here are judged on their actions and not because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time,"

The attorney says his client is a regular guy with a full-time job at a manufacturing plant. Sutton hopes to get his client's bond reduced, and expects a significant number of those arrested will be hiring attorneys. He says Battey insists Sunday's shooting was not a "war," but rather a called business meeting that escalated into gunfire because of a few people.

Police say nine people died in that barrage of gunshots and they take that seriously, promising those responsible will be held accountable.
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