Jury was leaning toward a not guilty verdict in Twin Peaks, juror says

Channel 6 news reporter Jasmin Caldwell reports.

The jury in the first Twin Peaks trial of Dallas Bandido Jake Carrizal was leaning toward a not guilty decision on all three charges before the judge declared a mistrial on Friday.

A member of the jury, who spoke to Channel 6 on the condition of anonymity, would not provide the exact split on any of the three charges. But, the juror said the final split on all three charges was in favor of a not guilty decision.

The juror said during the course of nearly 16 hours of deliberations, there were points where the jurors were leaning toward Carrizal being guilty on certain charges. But, by the end, the majority thought he was not guilty on all three -- although they never reached a consensus.

On Thursday night, one of the jurors admitted -- in a note to the judge -- that he had a personal experience with the Cossacks. That juror always leaned toward a not guilty verdict on all three counts, according to the other juror who spoke to Channel 6.

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.

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