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Half of Twin Peaks trial team leaving Reyna's office


WacoTrib by Tommy Witherspoon 4/17/2018

Half the trial team that prosecuted the first Twin Peaks defendant last year is leaving McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna’s office.

Michael Jarrett, Reyna’s first assistant, and Brody Burks, who also was part of the Jacob Carrizal trial team and who also has been involved in handling Twin Peaks biker shootout cases, have submitted notices that they will be leaving the office.

Reyna did not return phone calls Tuesday.

Jarrett, 41, came in as Reyna’s first assistant when Reyna took office in January 2011 and has prosecuted several capital murder cases and murder cases.

He prosecuted Carrizal, Dallas chapter president of the Bandidos motorcycle group, with Reyna, Burks and Amanda Dillon. He formerly worked in Dallas and Williamson counties as a prosecutor.

Jarrett will be working for the Texas Farm Bureau in Waco.

Jarrett received a bit of notoriety in November 2013 when he accidentally shot a window out in the district attorney’s office, narrowly missing the head of another prosecutor.

Jarrett inadvertently fired the weapon while examining a colleague’s new Glock .40-caliber pistol.

No one was injured. The bullet struck a brick wall outside the district attorney’s office.

Reyna demoted Jarrett but later reinstated him as first assistant after the resignation of veteran prosecutor Greg Davis.

With Jarrett and Burks leaving, it remains unclear who Reyna will assign to handle the pending Twin Peaks cases.


Rats Flee Sinking Ship

Jarrett will be the 24th assistant district attorney to quit or be fired since Reyna took office.

Assistant D.A. Brady Burks is also quitting but he will remain connected to criminal law, Burks also participated in the Carrizal trial, mostly as an appeals specialist who occasionally drafted and argued bench motions. He is moving to Austin to become a criminal justice advisor to Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Five months after the Carrizal trial ended three of the four prosecutors who failed to make their case against Jake Carrizal are either gone or going. Only Dillon, who supported Reyna's campaign in 2010, remains.]">[url][/url]


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