Defense Lawyers Seek to Replace Prosecutor in Biker Shootout Case

Monday’s hearing was tense.

By Rhonda FanningAugust 9, 2016 11:23 am|

The legal saga resulting from the biker shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant and bar last May has added another chapter. The shooting left nine dead and wounded more than 20 people. The county court indicted 154 bikers on charges ranging from organized criminal activity to murder.

Waco’s 54th State District Court heard testimony Monday about whether McLennan County district attorney Abel Reyna should be removed from prosecuting the bikers’ cases. A U.S. district judge and attorneys for 15 of the bikers argue Reyna has a conflict of interest.

Attorney Clint Broden represents Matthew Clendennan, one of the arrested bikers who filed a civil rights lawsuit. Estephany Escobar, reporter for News Channel 25 in Waco, says Broden is arguing that Reyna has financial interest to prosecute the case – he could owe money if he doesn’t win. Escobar was at the hearing.

“The courtroom did get tense at times, especially when District Attorney Abel Reyna took the stand,” Escobar says.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Who’s covering the attorney fees for the prosecution
– What Reyna’s role has been in the arrest and prosecution of the 177 bikers
– Why tensions mounted in the courtroom during testimony on Monday