Bingham Enters Innocent Plea

Associated Press

Former fugitive lawyer Stephen Bingham pleaded innocent today in Marin Superior Court to murder and conspiracy charges stemming from a 13-year-old San Quentin prison escape attempt in which inmate George Jackson and five others died.

While his parents watched, Bingham, 42, entered the pleas before Judge Beverly Savitt, who said she would set a trial date in September. Bingham, free on $300,000 bail, was accused of smuggling a 9-millimeter automatic pistol into San Quentin to Jackson, a black revolutionary. Jackson, two other inmates and three guards died on Aug. 21, 1971, in a violent melee at San Quentin's adjustment center.

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