Prosecutors and an attorney for Jacob Carrizal met behind closed doors Friday with a judge, who said he remains hopeful that the first trial of a Twin Peaks shootout defendant is on track to begin Sept. 11.
Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court met for about 20 minutes with prosecutors Michael Jarrett and Amanda Dillon and Carrizal’s attorney, Casie Gotro, to discuss ongoing issues that must be resolved before Carrizal’s trial.
Carrizal, a 35-year-old Bandido from Dallas, was not required to be at the status conference because the judge said it was just an informal meeting to discuss pretrial issues.
While Jarrett and Dilllon declined comment about the meeting, Gotro said they discussed, among other issues, proposed questions that the 600 potential jurors will fill out on a questionnaire when they report on Aug. 25. Jury selection is set to begin Sept. 11.
Strother said they also discussed evidentiary and discovery issues, including matters related to ballistics, but he declined to be more specific.
At a hearing last month, Gotro asked the judge to direct prosecutors to provide clarification, and possibly additional testing, on projectiles recovered from a biker who was shot twice in the head.
Gotro said one projectile was fired by a Waco police officer, but the second, which is similar in size and caliber, could not be traced to one of the three rifles police fired that day.
Jarrett said at the time that he would look into the matter.
While Gotro has pushed for Carrizal to have his day in court in court as soon as possible, Jarrett and McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna have told Strother that it is their desire that Carrizal be the first of the 155 bikers indicted in the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout to stand trial.
Carrizal is charged with one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang, one count of engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of murder and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of aggravated assault.
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