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Government Judge: Prosecutor has 'substantial' stake in Waco biker case

Judge: Prosecutor has ‘substantial’ stake in Waco biker case

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WACO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has questioned whether the Texas district attorney prosecuting bikers arrested in a deadly melee outside a Waco restaurant last year has a conflict of interest.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/2b5iQ4D ) that U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said the prosecutor has a “substantial interest” in the case because he’s being sued by some of the 154 bikers who were indicted after the May 2015 shootout.

The gunfire between bikers and police outside a Twin Peaks restaurant left nine people dead and 20 others injured.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna is opposing efforts to disqualify him.

An attorney for the bikers suing Reyna says the district attorney could have a financial interest because of the civil lawsuit.

Sparks raised the issue during a June hearing.

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