Attorney Stephen M. Bingham, who surfaced last year after spending 13 years as a fugitive, was ordered today to stand trial on murder and conspiracy charges in connection with an uprising at San Quentin prison on Aug. 21, 1971, that resulted in the deaths of three guards and three prisoners. Marin County Muncipal Judge William H. Stephens ordered that Bingham be held to answer to the 13-year-old charges after a preliminary hearing that saw 25 days of testimony, 56 witnesses and 242 exhibits.
Bingham is charged with helping to smuggle a pistol to black militant George Jackson, who was an inmate at San Quentin. Jackson's escape attempt led to a bloody shootout in which Jackson and five others died. No trial date was set.