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Seventh indictment unsealed in Twin Peaks case

Seventh indictment unsealed in Twin Peaks case

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Cory McAlister


Eight of nine bikers named in sealed indictments two weeks ago for their alleged roles in the Twin Peaks shootout have been taken into custody, while the last one remains at large.

The nine were among 106 bikers indicted Nov. 10 on first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charges. The nine were indicted under seal because they had not been arrested before the grand jury session.

On Wednesday, McLennan County District Clerk Jon Gimble unsealed the indictment charging Cory McAlister, 36, of Ore City. McAlister was taken into custody last week, but his indictment was not unsealed until Wednesday.

Gimble said an eighth man was arrested in Tyler this week and remained in the Smith County Jail on Wednesday. His indictment remains sealed, along with his identity, Gimble said.

> Q&A: Questions, answers about Twin Peaks indictments

Others booked

Others named in sealed indictments who have been booked into the McLennan County Jail or other jails include Christopher Carrizal Sr., 50, of Dallas; Jerry Edward Pierson, 49, of Dallas; Paul Russell Miller, 39, of Gholson; Ray Asbary Nelson, 42, of Waco; Jeffrey Veillon, 53, of Wylie; and Clifford Pearce, 52, of Waco.

The first six taken into custody turned themselves in.

> LIST: Bikers indicted in May 17 Twin Peaks shootout

Sheriff Parnell McNamara said a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force and his deputies have been rounding up the bikers named in the sealed indictments.

A McLennan County grand jury is scheduled to meet again Wednesday. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said the remaining 80 cases arising from the 177 arrested May 17 will be considered by a grand jury “in some form or fashion.” He declined to elaborate.

Nine bikers were killed and 20 others were wounded in the clash of rival groups during a Sunday noon-hour meeting of bikers at the now-defunct restaurant.

Last week, six bikers filed civil rights lawsuits against Reyna, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco police Detective Manuel Chavez and an unnamed Texas Department of Public Safety employee. The suits were filed in federal court in Austin.

> MORE: Civil rights suits filed against officials in Twin Peaks case

> MORE: Attorney says flawed prosecution theory will cost county millions

> MORE: Twin Peaks biker attorneys decry grand jury proceedings

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FORT WORTH — A grand jury has now returned indictments alleging that 106 bikers arrested after a deadly shootout outside a Waco, Texas, restaurant were engaged in organized criminal activity. Nine people died and 20 were injured during the May 17 shootout between police and bikers outside a Twin Peaks restaurant, a conflict authorities say arose from an apparent confrontation between the Bandidos and the Cossacks motorcycle clubs.

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