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Jury selection for trial of first Twin Peaks biker to continue Wednesday

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The jury selection for the first Twin Peaks trial will continue on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, 146 potential jurors who had filled out questionnaires about their knowledge on the Twin Peaks shootout and their beliefs went to the courthouse on Tuesday. Both sides asked them questions that will help them select the 12 jurors and two alternates needed for the case.

Around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 144 of them remained after two of them were excused.

The jury will serve on the trial of Christopher Jacob Carrizal who could face up to life in prison for each charge he is facing. He was indicted on one count of engaging in directing activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity during the Twin Peaks shootout more than two years ago.

Nine bikers died and dozens were injured after the shooting outside the Twin Peaks restaurant.

The District Attorney’s Office asked several questions to potential jurors, including whether they would hold it against a defendant if he chooses not to testify. In addition, they explained the definition of a criminal street gang and each charge Carrizal is accused of. The prosecution also asked whether the members of the panel would consider giving the defendant probation for one of the charges he faces. Three people, including a jailer and a former probation officer, said they couldn’t.

Carrizal’s attorney Casie Gotro raised several questions about the security around the courthouse, first to McLennan County 54th District Judge Matt Johnson and then to the potential jurors.

She asked Johnson whether there had been credible threats that required additional security for the trial. Gotro said after she reviewed jury questionnaires that showed half of them were scared to be there.

McLennan County 54th District Court Judge Matt Johnson said the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for courthouse security. He said she could call in witnesses to ask about that information.

The McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said on Monday, his office is taking extra precautions to make sure everyone is safe. When asked about the reason behind the additional security, he said that decision is made on a case by case basis.

Gotro asked the jury panel whether they knew about the purpose of the tents and barriers outside, which some said it was to keep them safe.

The defense attorney also asked the potential jurors whether they could be open to the possibility that the Bandidos are not a criminal street gang.

Potential jurors are expected to return on Wednesday at 10 a.m. After the jury is selected, the trial will start.

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