Defendant in 1st Waco biker trial testifies in own defense

AP News
Posted: Nov 07, 2017 8:30 PM

WACO, Texas (AP) — The leader of a motorcycle club on trial for his part in the deadliest shootout between biker groups in U.S. history is testifying in his own defense.

Christopher "Jake" Carrizal is president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos. He testified Tuesday during his trial in Waco that a rival biker club, the Cossacks, was behaving provocatively when Carrizal's group arrived at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco for a meeting on May 17, 2015, and a brawl quickly erupted.

Carrizal is charged with directing organized criminal activity that led to the brawl. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Nine bikers were killed in the fight and 20 others were wounded. Police arrested 177 bikers, and more than 150 people were eventually charged.