Judge recuses himself from hearings involving Waco bikers

WACO, Texas - A judge has removed himself from presiding over preliminary hearings for more than a dozen bikers who were arrested in the aftermath of the Waco restaurant shooting that left nine dead and 18 injured.

McLennan County Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he will not preside over the hearings for 16 bikers. The defendants were among 177 arrested following the May shooting and each had bond set at $1 million.

He did not explain why he recused himself.

A Waco police officer testified last month that Peterson signed the arrest affidavits for the bikers in bulk, without an individual determination for each defendant.

An attorney for one of the biker's has argued that this reveals Peterson was not impartial in the matter.

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