Twin Peaks trials

Christopher Jacob Carrizal (left) had his trial delayed Friday after he got a new attorney. He had the earliest trial date among the 155 bikers indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout. His father, Christopher Julian Carrizal (back) and Jerry Edward Pierson are among those indicted, also. 

Staff photo — Tommy Witherspoon

A week after postponing the first trial of a biker indicted in the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout, a judge has set another trial date.

Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court set May 22 for Christopher Jacob Carrizal’s trial to start on a first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charge.

If the trial starts that day, it will come a week after the two-year anniversary of the deadly shootout in which nine bikers were killed and more than 20 were injured.

Strother granted a request from Stephenville attorney Landon Northcutt last week to postpone an April 17 trial setting. At that time, it was not known which of Northcutt’s three clients — Christopher Jacob Carrizal; his father, Christopher Julian Carrizal; or Jerry Edward Pierson — would be tried first.

All three of the Dallas-area men are members of the Bandidos, the motorcycle group that clashed with the Cossacks at a meeting of the Coalition of Clubs and Independents at the former Waco restaurant.

Northcutt said Friday he might have to seek another continuance because he still is waiting for the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office to provide him with more discovery materials in the case.

“We will have to see, but when you don’t have your discovery, it is hard to have a trial,” Northcutt said. “We are still waiting, and there is just so much that I don’t have at this point.”

District Attorney Abel Reyna did not return a phone message on Friday. His first assistant, Michael Jarrett, declined comment, saying he could not discuss pending matters.

Northcutt said he is at a loss to explain why Jacob Carrizal, a 36-year-old railroad engineer, was selected as the first of the 155 indicted bikers to go to trial.

He said he has not seen his client in any of the videos of the event taken by restaurant or police cameras.

In seeking the continuance last week, Northcutt said the DA’s office recently provided Twin Peaks defense attorneys with a terabyte’s worth of information and evidence in the case and he needs more time to analyze the information.

A terabyte is equal to 1,024 gigabytes.

Strother said he still plans to have a large jury panel brought in March 24 for a Twin Peaks trial so the group can fill out questionnaires to aid attorneys in jury selection.

Staff writer at the Waco Tribune-Herald covering courts and criminal justice. Follow me on Twitter @TSpoonFeed.

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