Judge declares mistrial in first Twin Peaks shooting trial
WACO, Texas -- After nearly 16 hours of deliberations, the judge in the first Twin Peaks trial declared a mistrial after the jurors said they were still deadlocked over the three charges against Dallas Bandido Jake Carrizal.
The jury sent the latest note, explaining their inability to reach a verdict shortly before 2:45 p.m. Friday.
Earlier in the day, Judge Matt Johnson had given the jury an Allen Charge -- which was basically a very firm encouragement for the jurors in the minority to reconsider their position and allow the jury to come to a consensus. The procedure stemmed from an 1896 Supreme Court case that approved the measure as a means of preventing a hung jury.
Some states prohibit Allen Charges. And, even in Texas, a judge cannot force a jury to agree.
So, since the jurors remained deadlocked, Judge Johnson declared the mistrial -- which could lead to an entirely new trial.
Carrizal had been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity with an underlying offense of murder, engaging in organized criminal activity with an underlying offense of aggravated assault, and a charge of directing the activities of a criminal street gang for his alleged involvement in the 2015 shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas.
Nine people were killed in the gunfire.