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Top Stories: Mistrial Ruled For Gang Leader In Waco Shootout; Architecture At Toyota's New Campus

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Nine people were killed in the May 17 shootout at a Waco Twin Peaks restaurant.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A judge has declared a mistrial in the trial of Christopher "Jake" Carrizal, a leader of the Bandidos biker gang.

State District Judge Matt Johnson ended the trial Friday after McLennan County jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked on a verdict. They had deliberated for 14 hours.

Carrizal, president of the Bandidos' Dallas chapter, was charged with directing the activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offenses of murder and aggravated assault.

He testified that a rival biker club — the Cossacks — provoked the May 2015 brawl and gunfight at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Nine bikers were killed. 

Other stories this evening

  • If you plan on driving through Richardson or Plano this weekend, we have a traffic warning for you. KERA's Eric Aasen has the details.

  • Texas continues to outpace other states in terms of population growth. And about a quarter of that population is under 18. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with TCU history professor Max Krochmal about how this growing demographic could affect Texas politics. 

  • North Texans continue to fill the landscape with construction projects, like Toyota's new headquarters in Plano. Architecture critic Mark Lamster says we need to consider what such developments mean to transit systems and to the environment. In our weekly State of the Arts conversation, Art&Seek’s Jerome Weeks talks with Lamster about architecture meeting the countryside. 

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Gus Contreras is a digital producer and reporter at KERA News. Gus produces the local All Things Considered segment and reports on a variety of topics from, sports to immigration. He was an intern and production assistant for All Things Considered in Washington D.C.