Waco shootout creates new legal battles (TX)

The Waco shootout may have only lasted minutes. Its repercussions are likely to endure for years.

From Watchdog Arena:

The Waco Twin Peaks has been cleared as a crime scene, but the financial and legal aftermath of the May 17 shootout that left 9 dead and 18 wounded is only beginning.

The nature of that Sunday gathering is still at issue. Police typify it as a convergence of motorcycle groups, several with bad blood between them and looking for a fight. Others in attendance or with knowledge of the groups maintain it was nothing more than a regular meeting of the Confederation of Clubs and Independents (CoCI) scheduled to discuss safety and legislative issues affecting bikers. Whatever the case, things took a deadly turn.

Of the 175 individuals arrested, 170 remain in custody. Held in lieu of a $1 million bond, the bikers face first-degree felony charges for allegedly engaging in organized criminal activity. Two of the arrested bonded out and were released with ankle monitors.  An attorney representing three others negotiated their bond reduction Thursday.

Per the Waco Tribune-Herald, McLennan County is spending $7,958 a day to house those remaining in jail. In 10 days following the incident, the county is estimated to have spent approximately $80,000 on inmate housing, a number that appears destined to grow.

Though lawyers are filing motions for some inmates’ expedited hearings, the numbers of cases to address along with already-stretched court and defense lawyer resources add to the challenge.

Read more at Watchdog Arena.

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