“McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna has asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to overturn a ruling by Waco’s intermediate appellate court that lifted a gag order in the case of a Hewitt man arrested in the Twin Peaks shootout,” reporter Tommy Witherspoon of the Waco Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday. The not-unexpected move comes on the heels of an Aug. 7 intermediate appellant court ruling that 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson “abused his discretion by imposing a media blackout on parties involved the case of a Hewitt man arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout.” . . .
The Truth About Guns noted yesterday that autopsy reports on nine bikers killed in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout did not include ballistic reports, leaving open questions of who fired fatal shots. That’s despite the ATF pledging to give those tests “top priority over other cases,” yet still not reporting results almost three months after the shootings.
The omission of that key information adds to concerns for the public’s right to know, especially considering Reyna’s cozy relationship with Judge Johnson, and past questionable practices by the DA’s office.