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Judge denies motion to disqualify DA in Twin Peaks cases

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna before August hearing started McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna before August hearing started
WACO, TX (KXXV) -

McLennan County District Judge Matt Johnson has denied a motion to disqualify the McLennan County District Attorney from prosecuting the Twin Peaks Bikers' cases.

The attorneys for Matthew Clendennen and Ray Nelson had filed a motion to disqualify McLennan District Attorney Abel Reyna citing a conflict of interest. In addition, they claimed Reyna overstepped his role of DA during the investigation of the shootout. 

The decision comes after the parties had two hearings on the matter.

Reyna released the following statement after Judge Matt Johnson decided the D.A. could continue to work on the trials:

“These rulings are what we have always anticipated.  We felt confident that Judge Johnson was going to follow the law and not be side tracked by the ridiculous dog and pony show put on by these two defense attorneys.  I am thankful that we can continue to move forward on seeing that Justice is done in this case and for the citizens of McLennan County.”

- Abel Reyna, McLennan County Criminal District Attorney

Clint Broden is the attorney for Matthew Clendennen, and he said that he has two reasons why he thinks Reyna should not be allowed to work on the Twin Peaks trial.

"He's a necessary witness because he's the only one who can explain how these motorcyclist became defendants and how they ended up arrested after the police believed them to be witnesses," Broden said. The attorney added that he believes Reyna from the trials because some of the bikers are suing the D.A. for violating their civil rights.

Nine people died and dozens were injured in the shootout that took place at the Twin Peaks restaurant in May 17, 2015. 177 bikers were arrested in the aftermath of the shootout.

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