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Sun Aug 7, 2016, 12:28 PM

Judge: Prosecutor Has 'Substantial' Stake in Waco Biker Case

Source: Associated Press

Judge: Prosecutor Has 'Substantial' Stake in Waco Biker Case

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WACO, Texas ó Aug 7, 2016, 12:54 PM ET

A federal judge has questioned whether the Texas district attorney prosecuting bikers arrested in a deadly melee outside a Waco restaurant last year has a conflict of interest.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reported Sunday ( http://bit.ly/2b5iQ4D ) that U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said the prosecutor has a "substantial interest" in the case because he's being sued by some of the 154 bikers who were indicted after the May 2015 shootout.

The gunfire between bikers and police outside a Twin Peaks restaurant left nine people dead and 20 others injured.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna is opposing efforts to disqualify him.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/judge-prosecutor-substantial-stake-waco-biker-case-41183733

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Source: Waco Tribune-Herald

Federal judge suggests DA Reyna has conflict in Twin Peaks cases

Posted: Saturday, August 6, 2016 5:56 pm
By TOMMY WITHERSPOON

A federal judge hearing civil rights lawsuits filed against McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna and others by bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout suggested the bikersí criminal cases canít proceed until Reyna is replaced because of a conflict of interest.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks made several references during a pretrial conference in Austin that seemed to question whether Reyna, as a defendant in the civil cases, has a financial interest at stake and should be disqualified from prosecuting criminal cases against the bikers.

Fifteen bikers arrested along with more than 160 others after the deadly May 17, 2015, brawl at Twin Peaks have filed lawsuits in Sparksí court claiming they unlawfully were arrested and jailed under $1 million bonds with no justification or evidence of wrongdoing.

Eight of the 15 plaintiffs are not among the 154 bikers who have been indicted on identical engaging in organized criminal activity charges, and three of them contend in their lawsuits that they hadnít arrived in Waco yet when the shootout occurred.

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