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Dozens of bikers escape charges in Texas shootout that left 9 dead

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Dozens of bikers who engaged in a broad-daylight shootout that left nine dead outside a Waco, Texas, restaurant will skate on all the charges, a report said Tuesday.

Some 200 bikers were arrested after the massive melee between the Bandidos and Cossacks gangs outside the Twin Peaks restaurant in May 2015.

But former McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna had only brought conspiracy charges against 155 of the alleged participants — despite the deaths and more than 100 guns, knives, clubs and brass knuckles recovered from the scene.

The first case ended in a mistrial in November 2017, and Reyna never brought any of the others to trial.

Reyna later dropped charges against all but 24 of them and failed to move the case forward, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Now his successor, McLennan County District Attorney Barry Johnson, says he’s dropping the remaining charges because Reyna’s case is weak, the paper reported.

The gangbangers could have faced murder, assault and weapons charges had Reyna done his job — but now the statute of limitations has lapsed, Johnson told the Tribune-Herald.

“In my opinion, had this action been taken in a timely manner, it would have, and should have, resulted in numerous convictions and prison sentences against many of those who participated in the Twin Peaks brawl,” he said.

“Over the next three years the prior district attorney failed to take that action, for reasons that I do not know to this day.”

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