James Hardin

The first of six bikers who were named in sealed indictments last week remains in the McLennan County Jail after he was taken into custody Tuesday.

James Byron Hardin, 38, who county records show is president of the Brazos Valley chapter of the Amigos motorcycle group, a support group of the Bandidos, was arrested Tuesday on a first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charge.

Hardin, of Somerville, remains jailed in lieu of $250,000 bond. He was one of 48 bikers indicted last week in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout between rival biker groups, bringing the total indicted in the incident to 154.

Six of the 48 indictments were returned under seal because the six previously had not been arrested.

District Attorney Abel Reyna said last week that the investigation into the deadly shootout will continue as law enforcement agencies continue to analyze evidence seized after the event.

The same grand jury returned 106 indictments in November that charged bikers who were at Twin Peaks that day with engaging in organized criminal activity. The grand jury’s term was extended by 90 days in December to continue reviewing the Twin Peaks cases.

The grand jury’s term expires at the end of March.

A grand jury has yet to review police actions on the day of the shootout. Waco police have acknowledged that three Waco officers fired a total of 12 shots during the chaotic melee.

Police arrested 177 bikers the day of the Twin Peaks incident. It remains unclear if Reyna’s office will pursue charges against those bikers who were arrested but are yet to be indicted.

Nine bikers were killed and more than two dozen were wounded during the shootout.

Engaging in organized criminal activity is a first-degree felony punishable by a minimum of 15 years in prison and up to life.

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