5 04-24-87 02:41 aed Layton forced into homosexual acts, attorney says By PAMELA A. MacLEA
5 04-24-87 02:41 aed
Layton forced into homosexual acts, attorney says By PAMELA A.
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) _ Peoples Temple gunman Larry Layton would
not testify on his own behalf and opposed an insanity plea
because he did not want to reveal a homosexual relationship he
had with cult leader Jim Jones, an attorney said.
The relationship was disclosed Thursday at a hearing to
determine if Layton should get a third trial in the 1978 ambush
slayings of a congressman and four others at a jungle airstrip
near Jonestown, Guyana. He was convicted at his second trial of
conspiracy to commit murder.
Robert Bryan, Layton's new attorney, argued before a federal
judge that a new trial should be granted because previous defense
attorneys mishandled the case by not having Layton testify and
not entering an insanity plea.
But Tony Tamburello, former head of Layton's defense team,
told the U.S. District Court hearing that the defendant's sexual
relationship with Jones prevented him from taking either course
suggested by Bryan.
Layton, 41, was a disciple of Jones, whose 912 followers
joined him in an orgy of mass murder and suicide shortly after
the airstrip slayings of Rep. Leo Ryan, D-Calif., and four
others and the wounding of U.S. diplomat Richard Dwyer in Guyana
The sexual relationship between Layton and Jones during the
1970s was the major reason Layton did not wish to testify or have
his defense team offer an insanity defense, Tamburello said.
"He was very afraid of revealing he had sex with Jones,"
Tamburello testified. "He did not want it revealed. I am sorry
it is being revealed today."
Layton told prosecutors earlier this week that he was forced
to submit to sex with Jones, U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello
A report taken from newly revealed defense notes says Layton
"gave up two wives, suffered beatings, sodomy and humiliation"
for the charismatic cult leader.
"I think he felt he was forced" into homosexual acts,
Tamburello said. "He certainly was not the instigator."
Layton was convicted Dec. 1, 1986, of conspiring to murder
Ryan and Dwyer, who survived his wounds. He was sentenced to
life in prison. His first trial, in 1981, ended with a jury
deadlocked on an 11-1 vote for acquittal.
Ryan, three journalists and a cult defector died in the attack
on Nov. 18, 1978, after an investigative tour of the camp. Jones
and 912 followers drank a cyanide-laced soft drink and died later
the same day in a mass murder-suicide.
Russoniello said new information that surfaced in the current
hearing confirmed government suspicions that Layton not only
participated in the conspiracy to kill Ryan, but that he may have
instigated the attack.
Although the information, included in taped conversations
between Layton and a defense psychiatrist in 1979, could not be
used if a new trial is granted, it could be considered by a
parole board if Layton must serve his prison term, Russoniello
Newly revealed documents include defense strategy reports,
psychiatric data and notes to the government being used by the
new attorney in his effort to prove that Layton's defense was
Included in the disclosures was a 1979 psychiatric report by
Dr. Hardet Sukhedeo, in which Layton said he asked Jones to
allow him to blow up the plane expected to take Ryan out of
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