A McLennan County grand jury issued superseding indictments Wednesday against three bikers involved in the Twin Peaks shootout.
The grand jury indicted Matthew Clendennen, 32, of Hewitt; Thomas Landers, 61, of Georgetown; and Cody Keith Ledbetter, 28, of Waco, on one count each of engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of murder and one count each of engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
All three defendants were initially indicted on a similar charge of engaging in organized crime after the melee at Twin Peaks in May 2015 that left nine dead and several more injured. They have trial dates set between October and January.
The defendants were three of the 155 who have been indicted on identical charges in the shootout. Indictments allege defendants used or exhibited a deadly weapon, namely “a firearm and/or a knife or a sharp object and/or a club and/or an asp and/or a whip and/or brass knuckles and/or a chain.”
The newly filed indictments with an underlying charge of murder list each biker killed in the shootout and charge that each defendant participated in their killing as a member of a “criminal street gang.”
The indictments state that each of the three men “did commit or conspire to commit murder by causing the death of Wayne Campbell, Matthew Smith, Charles Russell, Daniel Boyett, Jacob Rhyne, Richard Kirshner, Richard Jordan II, Manuel Rodriguez and Jesus Rodriguez.”
The shootout involved rival motorcycle groups the Bandidos and Cossacks, plus several of their supporters. Several of the bikers killed were hit with the caliber of bullet police fired that day.
Clendennen, a member of the Scimitars motorcycle group, a Cossacks support group, is scheduled for trial Oct. 9 in Waco’s 54th State District Court. Landers, the founder, former president and member of the Escondido motorcycle group, is scheduled for trial Nov. 2. Ledbetter, a former member of the Cossacks, is scheduled for trial Jan 9.
Christopher Jacob Carrizal, 35, is scheduled to be the first biker tried, on Sept. 11. He faces one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang, a count of engaging in organized criminal activity with an underlying offense of murder and a count of engaging in organized criminal activity with an underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.