[Editor’s note: Two people in this serial whose names are deleted are Calvin Douglas and Carl Barnett. They were included in the State Department release of this document. The deleted information from the FBI version has been indicated by red type.]
UNCLASSIFIED FBB 581
UNCLAS GEORGETOWN 04497 012253Z
[Listing of agencies receiving informational copies on pdf]
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FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8885
UNCLAS GEORGETOWN 04497
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: CARR (JONES, STEPHAN), (BEIKMAN, CHARLES), (PEOPLE’S TEMPLE)
SUBJ: W/W ARRESTS: STEPHAN JONES, CHARLES BEIKMAN
REF: GEORGETOWN 0450
1. Three new witnesses gave testimony at the January 29 session of the preliminary inquiry into the deaths of Linda Sharon Amos (a.k.a. Sharon Amos) et al. [Calvin Douglas and Carl Barnett] related what they saw on the evening of the murders at the People’s Temple Georgetown Headquarters. Both were cross-examined by Senior Counsel Rex McKay. A police corporal who took a statement from [Douglas] on November 18, also testified.
2. Magistrate Persaud did not give a decision on the admissibility of Beikman’s second statement or on the competence of Stephanie Jones to testify, nor did he give a new date for his ruling.
3M [3.] In response to a question from Defense Counsel [Jai Naraine] Singh, Prosecuting Counsel [Carlton] Weithers said in court that he plans to call four new
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witnesses and recall one witness before the state concludes its case.
Inquiry is scheduled to resume January 30.
Burke [John Burke, American ambassador to Guyana]