FILE - In this Oct 13, 2016 file photo, McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna appears in court in Waco, Texas. Prosecutors have narrowed the scope of a the case stemming from a May 17, 2015 shooting left nine bikers dead, 20 wounded and nearly 200 arrested outside a Twin Peaks restaurant, in Waco. Problems with evidence and the lead Prosecutor's damaged credibility could get in the way of any convictions. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via AP, File)

Cases against bikers flounder 3 years after Waco shootout

May 17, 2018 - 2:02 pm

WACO, Texas (AP) — Three years after a gunfight in Waco killed nine bikers, Texas prosecutors are struggling to convict anyone in the deadliest biker shooting in U.S. history.

They've narrowed the number of cases to 25 from 154 bikers initially indicted but still face daunting problems.

The lead prosecutor is a lame duck, having lost the Republican primary for re-election back in March. A new prosecutor won't be elected until November.

In an effort to stop the melee between Cossacks and Bandidos biker gangs, police opened fire, and ballistics evidence shows that police bullets struck four of the nine dead, at least two of them fatally.

Guns, knives and other weapons recovered at the scene were tossed into the back of a SWAT team vehicle, leading to problems sorting out who killed whom.

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