Jury sent home for the day early on third day of Twin Peaks trial

Posted at 1:58 PM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:31:11-04

Day three of the Twin Peaks trial wrapped up for the day after the testimony of one expert.

Christopher Jacob Carrizal who is the first biker on trial for the shooting was indicted on charges of directing activities of a criminal street gang and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Doug Pearson, an Aurora, Colorado police officer and a member of the Alcohol Tobacco Firearms of Explosives Task force working with Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs continued his testimony about the Bandidos on Friday. 

Pearson testified he had seen evidence that showed the Bandidos planned the encounter outside the Twin Peaks restaurant more than two years ago. Nine bikers died and dozens were injured back then. 

The federal task officer referenced looking at messages on phones owned by Bandidos and support groups that showed they were asked to bring weapons and keep their significant others at home, which was an indicator of expected violence.

However, he later clarified he didn’t provide an opinion of who the primary aggressor was.

Defense attorney Casie Gotro said that the Bandidos had weapons to protect themselves didn't mean they planned to use them. She added the Cossacks were the ones who went to a meeting of the Confederation of Clubs and Independents, which they were not members of. She also claimed the Cossacks put a bounty on Bandido patches.

According to Pearson, the conflict  between both groups started after the Cossacks wore the Texas bottom rocker, which he explained to being a patch outlaw motorcycle gang members wear on their vests to show the territory they control, without the permission of the Bandidos. In his opinion, the Bandidos regulate who can wear the bottom rocker in Texas. He also added he had seen text messages, now considered evidence, that showed the Bandidos had revoked the right of Cossacks to wear the bottom rocker.

After the jury was sent home for the day, Gotro asked the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office to show the records Pearson reviewed that allowed Pearson to make that statement.

The DA’s Office said she had received all the evidence they had presented in the case but Gotro disputes that.

She turned over a list to the judge with names of people whose cell phone information she claims she has not received.

Toward the end of his testimony, Pearson said since Twin Peaks happened, Bandidos around the country started allowing support groups to wear the bottom rocker in order to cloud judgement on the reason behind the incident.

During the third day of the trial, both parties made objections throughout Pearson’s testimony. In addition, both parties were asked to go to the judge’s chambers three times.

Three people have testified in the trial that started on Wednesday, including a former Twin Peaks restaurant cook, and two experts. 

The trial is expected to continue on Monday at 9 a.m. 

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