Attorney General

Waco District Attorney Withheld Public Information

The Texas attorney general's office says Waco prosecutors violated open records laws by not releasing text messages related to a deadly May shootout involving bikers and police.

A letter to McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna instructed him to "cure" the violation earlier this month.

Attorneys for some of the 170 bikers arrested following the melee at a Twin Peaks restaurant have accused prosecutors of offering reduced bonds in exchange for waiving their right to sue. A retired sheriff's deputy is now seeking the text messages.

Prosecutors released some communications following the attorney general's letter. Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett denies the waiver offer in some messages, though prosecutors are still challenging the release of all records.

Nine bikers were killed in the fight between rival motorcycle gangs.
 

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