A former Waco Police officer has become the latest in a string of individuals to accuse McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna of wrongdoing in connection with the Twin Peaks trials.
Sherry Kingrey, who retired from the Waco Police Department in 2017 after 32 years of service, became the third person to submit a sworn affidavit that indicated Mr. Reyna was under FBI investigation. The previous two individuals to do so were Mr. Reyna's former First Assistant Greg Davis and Attorney Brittany Scaramucci.
Ms. Kingrey said she provided information to FBI Task Force Agent Fred Rhea, who put her in touch with FBI Agent Dan Brust.
"Agent Brust informed me that, although he could not share the details with me, he was conducting a public corruption investigation in relation to Reyna," Ms. Kingrey said in the affidavit.
The affidavit claims some of Mr. Reyna's close friends and campaign donors were involved in an illegal gambling operation in Waco. Ms. Kingrey claimed those friends made under the table contributions in return for political favors.
“I also received information and my investigation appeared to confirm that Reyna would make prosecutorial decisions based upon political opportunism and would arrange to have a particular special prosecutor appointed in order to have cases dismissed for supporters," Ms. Kingrey said in the affidavit.
Those comments echoed statements made previously by Ms. Scaramucci.
Ms. Kingrey also said Mr. Reyna made phone calls to individuals connected to the alleged illegal gambling operation around the same time as the Twin Peaks shooting.
“I have been provided and I have reviewed Reyna’s phone records from May 17, 2017," Ms. Kingrey said in the affidavit. "Based upon my review, Reyna made three phone calls within approximately ninety minutes of the Twin Peaks’ shootings. Of those three phone calls, my review reveals that two of those calls were to persons connected to the illegal gambling operation and the providing to Reyna of under the table campaign contributions.”
In a 2016 court hearing, Mr. Reyna testified that he and Waco Police Detective Manuel Chavez had extensive discussions before the signing of the arrest warrant affidavits for 177 motorcyclists. But, Detective Chavez testified he never saw Mr. Reyna that night.
Ms. Kingrey's affidavit may shed light on that discrepancy. She said she was stationed at the Waco Convention Center in a room next to where Mr. Reyna and assistant prosecutors Michael Jarrett and Mark Parker were stationed that day.
"At no time did I see Manuel Chavez enter that room," Ms. Kingrey said in the affidavit.
Mr. Reyna strongly denied all the allegations made by Ms. Kingrey in an email to Channel 6 Tuesday afternoon. Below is a statement from Mr. Reyna.
The affidavit of Ms. Kingrey secured by a biker defense lawyer and the 4 year-old allegations it contains are equally not true and even more laughable than those previously asserted. The only calls I remember from the night of Twin Peaks were to the Waco Police Chief, individuals from my office, my wife, and a current restaurant owner to arrange for food to be brought to our hard working law enforcement men and women. Had Ms. Kingrey been at the scene, she could have enjoyed a tasty chicken sandwich and fries. As for my conversation with Detective Chavez, her affidavit would mean that not only myself but at least two other assistant DA’s who witnessed our conversation are also not telling the truth. Further, had she believed this was important, why did she not address it in any reports while an active officer?
Following the publication of this article, Ms. Kingrey responded to Mr. Reyna's assertion that she was not at the Waco Convention Center the day of the Twin Peaks shooting. Her attorney, Matthew Wright, called Channel 6 and reaffirmed that she was there.
"That night, she didn't have the chicken sandwich," Wright said his client told him. "She enjoyed the cabbage roll."
Attorney Brian Bouffard, who represents biker Jorge Salinas, said he expected the judge to grant a hearing on the matters surrounding Mr. Reyna.
"I feel very confident we'll be able to get a hearing," Mr. Bouffard said in a phone call Tuesday. "And, we're trying to get that hearing as soon as possible."
Mr. Bouffard said the hearing, if granted, could happen as early as January. But, he expected to have one before March at the latest.
Mr. Bouffard's client, Mr. Salinas, had no prior criminal history. He was honorably discharged from the Marines after two combat deployments to Afghanistan.
This latest development comes a day after another biker's attorney released an audio recording, in which an Assistant Texas Attorney General can be heard suggesting Mr. Reyna's office was untrustworthy.