R 02026Z MAR [APR] 81
FM SAN FRANCISCO (89A-250) (P) (SQD. 10)
TO DIRECTOR (89-4286) ROUTINE
SAN JUAN (89-123) ROUTINE (SJ VIA FBIHQ)
At pretrial hearing April 1, 1981, at San Francisco, trial scheduled for Larry Layton on May 12, 1981, has been postponed to July 9, 1981, at the request of defense and over objection of the United States Attorney’s office. Defense has been unable to obtain psychiatrist. Defense has twice failed to comply with judge’s order in this regard. Even though judge admonished defense and scheduled additional pretrial hearing for April 20, 1981, for further discussions, he did acquiesce in defense plea for continuance and trial is rescheduled for July 9, 1981. Judge also set pretrial hearing on July 7, 1981, to discuss defense motion to suppress signed
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confession of Larry Layton.
It is not anticipated that Guyana witnesses’ presence will be requested on July 7, 1981, for pretrial hearing on motion to suppress confession. Witnesses will thereafter be requested to remain until testimony at trial the following week. These government witnesses would include Deputy Commissioner of Crimes Cecil (Skip) Roberts, Superintendent Alan Smith, Inspector Jagmahon, Supernumerary Constable Mortimer Kansin Ally, and Port Kaituma citizen Joel Clemenson. Dr. Leslie Mootoo’s presence would be requested during the week of July 13, 1981.
For the information of State and American Embassy, Georgetown, the FBI has learned that defense attorneys, which will include Assisted Public Defender Frank Bell and attorney Anthony Tamburello, anticipate travel to Guyana this month. Exact dates of travel unknown, however, it is expected that they will depart San Francisco around April 9 and return April 20, 1981. It is expected that the Federal Public Defender’s office will contact State and American Embassy direct.
Bureau is requested to relay above to Department of State, Washington, DC.
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San Juan is requested to relay above information to American Embassy, Georgetown.