A high-profile trial is underway in Fort Worth with lots of extra security. An accused Bandidos leader is charged with killing a member of a rival group in 2014.
No one is allowed in the courtroom without a full pat-down, and there are extra officers all over the Tarrant County Courthouse, including Texas state troopers. They say this is just a precaution given the high-profile defendant.
Prosecutors say Howard Wayne Baker is the president of the Fort Worth chapter of the Bandidos.
In their opening statements Monday, prosecutors said that in December 2014, Baker and about 30 other Bandidos members swarmed into a Fort Worth bar to retaliate against members of rival motorcycle groups, including the Ghost Riders.
They started shooting, and 41-year-old Geoffrey Brady, of Arlington, was shot and killed in front of his wife. Two others were injured.
Prosecutors say that Baker orchestrated it all to get other motorcycle groups off the Bandidos’s turf.
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