Attorneys for bikers charged in Waco shooting detail mishandling of case

After the Twin Peaks massacre earlier this year, attorneys for many of the bikers are still wondering how this will play out in court.

In May, the crime scene tape, spilled blood and seized bikes painted an eerie scene at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

Now all of that is gone.  Even the restaurant itself has moved out -- leaving an empty building.

But what started that day is far from over.  Across town at the Hilton on Thursday, about 30 attorneys from all over the state, each representing multiple bikers, met to discuss the future of the case, but not before making sure the press was informed that the case has been far from a walk in the park.
 
"It has been mishandled in every way you can possibly imagine and I bet you if we give them time they can find new ways to mishandle this case," said Dallas attorney Susan Anderson.
 
Attorneys Susan Criss and Anderson took the floor, not to discuss individual cases but to describe the problems with the process.
 
There were 177 arrests. Anderson says they're lacking individualized probable cause.
 
"That means every person arrested must be connected in some way other than merely being present," Anderson said.
 
Anderson says the warrants were exactly the same with a blank space left for the name. The bonds were also the same: $1 million.  Making them punitive in nature in Anderson's view.
 
Some of the attorneys' clients are among the 106 recently indicted by a grand jury.  Others are still wondering if their clients will be indicted. 
 
That day in May has been described as chaos.  Anderson and the other attorneys are still waiting on crucial evidence to shed light on what happened.
 
"Discovery-wise, we're waiting for the ballistics reports to come back and those are critical.  We have 9 people that are dead.  We need to know what bullets killed which people.  We need to know which guns fired those bullets that killed those people," Anderson said.
 
Aside from the the criminal cases, Clint Broden is one of the attorneys that helped file 6 civil rights lawsuits on behalf of some of the bikers.
 
"Most of these people had their reputations ruined, many of them lost businesses; one in particular lost custody of a child.  Many lost jobs and we're asking that people be held accountable for that," Broden said.
 
Susan Criss says the best case scenario is the D.A. dismisses the cases with no evidence to back up involvement.
 
"In the end I expect all or most of them to be exonerated.  I hope it's not a long process," Criss said. 
 
According to the attorneys, the grand jury met for nine hours on those 106 indictments.
   
Anderson says if they didn't take any breaks, that works out to be about 5 minutes and 9 seconds they spent on each indictment.
   
We did reach out to the McClennan County District Attorneys office to respond to today's press conference.  As of news time tonight, we haven't heard back.
 
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