Three more bikers arrested in the Twin Peaks shootout got trial settings Friday after a judge relaxed their bond conditions to allow them to travel anywhere in Texas.
Jerry Edward Pierson, Christopher Julian Carrizal and his son, Christopher Jacob Carrizal, all Bandidos from Dallas, have a priority trial setting for April 25 in 19th State District Court.
McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna told Judge Ralph Strother the trial date five months away should allow time for the completion of DNA and cellphone analysis and for the DA’s office to provide the information to defense attorneys by February or March.
Not all three defendants will be tried on April 25, but Reyna said he and defense attorney Landon Northcutt, of Stephenville, will get together to decide who will stand trial first. The other two would go to trial in the weeks to follow, Reyna said.
Northcutt, who represents all three, said his clients are eager to go to trial and put the incident behind them.
Also during the brief hearing, Strother agreed to lift Texas travel restrictions for the trio. Previously, they were restricted to an area around their residences and places of business.
Strother denied a request from Northcutt to allow the three to associate with other members of biker groups, also a condition of their bonds.
The judge did, however, say they could meet with potential witnesses in their cases as long as Northcutt is present.
Northcutt told the judge the father-son Carrizals were indicted under the wrong names and asked the court to correct their names in court records. They were indicted as Carrizal Sr. and Carrizal Jr., but they told the judge Friday that is incorrect.
The three were among 154 indicted on identical engaging in organized criminal activity charges after their arrests in the March 17, 2015, shootout that left nine dead and about two dozen injured.
Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court set the first Twin Peaks biker trial for Jan. 23 earlier this month.
James Rosas, a welder from Selma, is a member of the Valerosos motorcycle group, a support club of the Bandidos. If his trial setting stands, he would be the first biker arrested at Twin Peaks to go to trial.