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Sunday 25 August 2019

First trial over deadly Waco biker gang shootout ends in deadlock

Christopher "Jake" Carrizal faced charges including directing the activities of a criminal street gang (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via AP)

The first trial arising from the deadliest shootout between biker groups in US history has ended in deadlock.

State District Judge Matt Johnson ended the trial of Christopher "Jake" Carrizal after McLennan County jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.

They had deliberated for 14 hours before the judge declared a mistrial on Friday.

Carrizal is president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos biker gang.

He was charged with directing the activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organised criminal activity with the underlying offences of murder and aggravated assault.

He testified that a rival biker club, the Cossacks, provoked the May 17 2015 brawl and gunfight at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Nine bikers were killed.

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