106 Indicted in Waco Biker Bloodbath

Grand jury has 80 more cases to consider
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2015 5:51 AM CST
106 Indicted in Waco Biker Bloodbath
In this May 17, 2015, photo, authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas.   (AP Photo/Jerry Larson, File)

A grand jury in McLennan County, Texas, was asked to consider charges against 106 bikers arrested after the shootout in Waco that killed nine people in May—and it returned with 106 indictments. The busloads of bikers are charged with "engaging in organized criminal activity," but there are no specific charges of murder or assault relating to individuals involved in the bloodbath in and around a Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17, the Houston Chronicle reports. The identical indictments accuse defendants of killing or injuring victims with "a firearm and/or a knife or a sharp object and/or a club and/or an asp and/or a whip and/or brass knuckles and/or a chain," reports the Waco Tribune-Herald, which has a list of the indicted bikers, complete with mugshots.

The Tribune-Herald reports that the grand jury will meet again later this month to consider indictments against another 80 bikers. The shootout is believed to have stemmed from a feud between the Bandidos and the Cossacks, though it isn't clear how many of those killed and injured were shot by police. Attorney Jay Norton tells the AP that six of his clients were indicted on Tuesday despite what seems to be a "serious lack of evidence." "This is amazing and truly scary," he says. "We do not understand what the district attorney's office is doing, but it's not about reality." The AP notes that the last person arrested in connection with the shootout got out of jail last week on $50,000 bond. (Leaked surveillance video shows chaos at the scene.)

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