Dec 18, 78 • 1717 • Georgetown-State • 4329

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O 181717Z DEC 78
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8491
Unclas GEORGETOWN 4329
E.O. 12065: NA
TAGS: CARR (LAYTON, LARRY) (PEOPLE’S TEMPLE)
SUBJ: W/W ARRESTS: LARRY LAYTON
REF: STATE 4318

1. Preliminary hearing into the murders of Congressman Ryan and four other persons resumed December [illegible date]. Two new witnesses testified. Harold Cordell related his experiences with People’s Temple and his view of the events at Jonestown and Port Kaituma on Nov 16-18. He was intensively cross-examined by senior counsel Rex McKay, who accused the witness of being prejudiced against Layton. Gerald Parks also testified, for a brief period.

2. The inquiry was postponed until December 20 by Magistrate [Krishna Veni] Chinta.

BURKE [John Burke, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana]

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Originally posted on March 25th, 2020.

Last modified on July 24th, 2022.
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