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Jury selection for first Twin Peaks trial to start on Tuesday

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On Tuesday, the jury selection for the trial of Christopher Jacob Carrizal, the first out of 154 indicted bikers to stand trial in the Peaks shootout, will start.

On Monday, 149 potential jurors out of 151 expected to be at the McLennan County Courthouse filled out a six-page questionnaire. The form had several questions regarding their knowledge about the Twin Peaks case, the Bandidos and their thoughts on the motorcycle lifestyle.

Nine bikers died and dozens were injured following the shooting outside the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco in May of 2015. 

McLennan County District Clerk Jon Gimble said in his three years in office, questionnaires have only been used for four cases, including the West Explosion.

"A number of those questions were heavy formed opinions. Those types of things so the lawyers can key in, areas of interest, try to determine if the jurors will be able to take the facts and only the facts presented in the case,”

Carrizal, the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos,  was supposed to have his trial last month. However, two motions his defense attorney filed to remove two judges from the case delayed the process. One of them was granted and the other one denied. Therefore, 54th District Court Judge Matt Johnson is now presiding over the trial. 

The defense and prosecution are expected to review the questionnaires for the potential jurors overnight Monday.

Potential jurors were asked to go back to the courthouse at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Additional security measures were visible on Monday with steel barriers and more deputies patrolling the area.

Sheriff Parnell McNamara said his office is taking precautions to make sure everyone is safe, including the defendant, the public and the courthouse staff. When asked about the additional security measures, he didn’t elaborate on them.

He added that on high profile cases they do have additional security but that is determined on a case by case basis.

The opening statements for the trial are expected to start Wednesday.

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