Of 170 Held After Waco Biker Shooting, All Are Out Of Jail, None Charged In The Killings

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After initially locking up more than 170 people in connection with the May 17 Waco, Texas, bloodbath which left nine people dead and multiple others injured, all of them are now out of jail and none of them are charged in the killings.

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Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said at the time that the fight between rival biker gangs quickly escalated from fists and feet to chains, clubs and knives, then to gunfire.

135 were originally ordered to wear GPS ankle monitors but only 22 still have to wear them.

The Dallas Morning News reports:

Their lawyers have reached agreements with prosecutors to modify the conditions of their pre-trial release.

After initially locking up more than 170 people in connection with the May 17 incident outside Twin Peaks restaurant, McLennan County prosecutors have not charged anyone with the shooting deaths of nine people. At least 20 others were hurt.

Those arrested were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

Prosecutors did not return messages from the newspaper seeking comment. But defense attorneys suggested the district attorney’s office eventually plans to dismiss charges against at least some defendants.

“We are starting the letting go process, although they are not admitting they did something wrong,” said one attorney, Adam Reposa.

No details have been offered by investigators over who shot whom or whether police officers fatally shot anyone, but the Associated Press indicated police bullets did hit at least one biker.



At the time, the scene was described as “absolute chaos.”

Swanton said that police had been trying to work with management at Twin Peaks for several weeks before the confrontation but had been thwarted in their efforts to avoid a situation just like what happened on that very bloody Sunday afternoon.

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