Four Waco Police Department crime scene technicians and two police officers testified Wednesday about the battleground formerly known as Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco and the massive undertaking of processing the scene after the shootout that left nine dead and dozens injured.
When asked what types of weapons they discovered after the shootout, crime scene technician Angie McCallister said, “you name it.”
Pistols, rifles, tomahawks, hatchets, shotguns, brass knuckles, clubs, bats, knives, hammers, chains and many spent shell casings and projectiles were just some of the items found by investigators and technicians in the aftermath of the deadly skirmish.
Most of Wednesday’s court action in the trial of Jacob Carrizal was spent reviewing items left behind after the clash between Cossacks and Bandidos on that Sunday afternoon in May 2015.
Carrizal, 35, a Dallas-based railroad employee, is charged in Waco’s 54th State District Court with directing the activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.
Carrizal was vice president of the Bandidos Dallas chapter in May 2015 but since has been promoted to president.
Prosecutors have called 41 witnesses and introduced close to 700 pieces of evidence during 11 days of testimony.
The morning session bogged down, and Judge Matt Johnson had to excuse the jury during an extended confrontation between Carrizal’s attorney, Casie Gotro, of Houston, and District Attorney Abel Reyna and his assistants, Amanda Dillon, Michael Jarrett and Brody Burks.
As Gotro started cross-examining crime scene technician Marissa Brosch, she was handed a copy of Brosch’s eight-page report. Gotro said she had not seen the full report and had only been given a half-page document in pretrial discovery.
Dillon said she met with Brosch in January and Brosch gave her a copy of the full report then. Dillon said she probably stuck it in a file with other documents and forgot about it. She said she didn’t remember receiving it, but agreed with Gotro that she should have turned it over to the defense.
Dillon said she didn’t notice the discrepancy again until Gotro subpoenaed police records before the trial started and she noticed the difference in the reports then.
The judge gave Gotro a recess so she could review the entire report and instructed prosecutors again to make sure Gotro has been given the discovery evidence she is entitled to.
Gotro has been complaining for months that she has not been given all the evidence in the case and said the incident made her wonder what else she has not been provided. After each of her previous complaints, Reyna or Jarrett assured the court Gotro has been given everything the state has.
Crime scene technicians Brosch, McCallister, Matthew Davis and Jennifer Scrivner and officers James Blair and Rebecca Diaz spent the rest of Wednesday describing items they and others found after the shootout.
Brosch, working the scene around where Waco SWAT officers Heath Jackson and Michael Bucher fired at bikers from behind their police SUV, said she recovered 11 spent .223 shell casings in back of and to the left of the vehicle.
All the technicians and Blair and Diaz said they found a number of weapons, spent shell casings, projectiles and even a tooth on the Twin Peaks grounds and inside the restaurant.
Brosch also said she found two pistols in toilets in the bathroom, a pistol dropped in a barrel of luke-warm water with meat thawing in it and other guns hidden in kitchen cabinets and above an electrical box.
The officers also found leather vests in several vehicles, including seven Bandidos vests piled on top of a pistol in the back seat of a pickup.
Testimony resumes at 9 a.m. Thursday.