Undercover law enforcement testifies in Carrizal trial

WACO, Texas - UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: The trial has gone into recess, and will resume on Friday at 9:00 a.m.

UPDATE, 4:24 p.m.: The witness is talking about the patch and colors, and his opinion of what they mean.

The witness expresses Bandidos only obey the laws they believe in - "not what society adheres to".

UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: The state called a second undercover agent to the stand. The officer is from Colorado, and works there as a police officer. He says he has worked with outlaw motorcycle gangs since 2004. 

Gotro objected to the witness using PowerPoint to explain what he knows about the Bandidos. However, the testifying with PowerPoint continued after a meeting between the judge and attorneys.

The witness says 17 states have Bandidos chapters, and "Texas by far has the most."

UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.: Gotro is telling the judge the undercover agent's PowerPoint is prejudicial toward Carrizal. The state and defense are trying to revise.

UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: The judge and attorneys are now inside the chambers.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: The jury not inside the courtroom yet. Attorneys are arguing if the undercover agent from Colorado should testify as an expert.

Below is the original text from this story:

The Christopher Jacob Carrizal trial resumed on Thursday morning.

When the trial resumed, it was said witnesses couldn't be recorded.

The first witness who testified was an undercover officer, who described the process of gaining acceptance and trust to get into a biker gang as something which "takes phases". The officer said the Bandidos made the top eight of the most well-known one-percenter outlaw motorcycle gangs in the United States.

He said biker gangs are very tight-knit and secretive, and that you can't just walk up and say you want to join. The witness also said they do not fear authority, and that "Bandidos control the state of Texas."

The officer said biker gangs would use media to show their good side, like hosting toy drives. They have guns and are ready for battle "behind the scenes".

He said biker gangs draw the line at any crime involving children. At that point, you won't be accepted into the gang.

The witness described the "president to the biker gangs" as having the final say in everything involving the chapter. 

The undercover officer was still on the stand after a 15-minute recess. The witness started talking about the roles of authority in biker gangs.

It was said that within biker gangs, their members' significant others are called "old ladies". They are women considered property within the gang, and are not equal. 

The state passed the undercover officer over to the defense.

Defense Attorney Casie Gotro asked the witness to name civilian clubs and other clubs that are not "one-percenters".

The witness was then asked the last time he worked undercover with biker gangs. The witness asked Reyna if that question was okay to answer.

After the attorneys and judge with to the chambers, the witness said the last time he "infiltrated in a biker gang was in 2008".

The witness says he has never infiltrated with the Bandidos.

Gotro asked the witness numerous questions about his knowledge of the Bandidos. He said the first time he heard about the Bandidos was between 1988 and 1989.

The undercover officer said he last saw the Bandidos "by-laws" a month ago. Gotro asked where, and he said from another power point in the investigation.

Gotro wanted to go through the whole PowerPoint the witness went through with the state.

After a lunch recess, the trial returned at 1:115 p.m. The judge allowed the media pool camera to get video of the attorneys and Carrizal walked back in from lunch.

The next witness is a second undercover agent from Colorado, and will not be recorded.


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