Two bikers who were indicted in the May Twin Peaks shootout pleaded not guilty to first-degree felony charges Thursday.
James Edward Stallings, 56, of Corsicana, and Thomas Paul Landers, 59, of Georgetown, were arraigned by 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother in brief hearings.
The pair were among 106 indicted Nov. 10 on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, with underlying offenses of murder and assault.
Stallings is a member of the Bandidos motorcycle group. Landers said he is a founder, former president and member of the Escondido motorcycle group.
Four more bikers were scheduled for arraignment Thursday morning but waived their court appearances.
Six more bikers are scheduled to be arraigned in 19th State District Court next week, while 15 are set for arraignment next week in 54th State District Court.
The indictments, like the arrest warrant affidavits filed to support the 177 bikers arrested, are identical, alleging the same acts for all 106, who are alleged in the indictments to be members of a criminal street gang.
Nine indictments were returned under seal because those defendants had not been arrested. Those indictments have since been unsealed, as those bikers have also been arrested, bringing the total to 186 arrested in the case.
The indictments charge the defendants engaged in organized criminal activity by intentionally or knowingly causing the death of an individual, and names the nine bikers killed May 17.
The charges allege the defendants killed the victims by “shooting and/or stabbing and/or cutting and/or striking” the victims.
The indictments also allege the 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 indictments also charge that the defendants caused bodily injury to the people injured and name 24 bikers who were either shot, stabbed, cut or struck.