APwi 06/30 1733 Guyana Attorney LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- The knighted attorney who was

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APwi 06/30 1733 Guyana Attorney LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- The knighted attorney who was the lawyer for cult leader Jim Jones in Guayana says 1,200 persons -- not 900 as reported in the media -- died at Jones' compound in 1978. And he says 85 percent died from gunshot wounds in the back, not from drinking Kool-Aid laced with cyanide. Sir Lionel Luckhoo said his information came from the doctor who performed autopsies on the victims. In a speech here Monday night, the 73-year old lawyer from Georgetown, Guyana, said a Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International banquet which he tried to avoid, on Nov. 7, 1978, saved him from the "White Night" death 11 days later at Jonestown. He didn't go to Jonestown on Nov. 18, as Jones requested, because "the Spirit told me: don't go." "I should have been dead," he told La Crosse's Full Gospel chapter. "I was Jim Jones' lawyer." He was mayor of Georgetown four times and a "double ambassador' ' to England for both Guyana and neighboring Barbados. He is listed in the Guinness Book of Records with a streak of 245 successful murder trial defenses, in Guyana and England. Despite a stroke in 1984, Luckhoo devotes his life to traveling and speaking to groups of Christians throughout the world. He was honored at a banquet June 4 in New York City by ambassadors to the United Nations, he said. Luckhoo had been hired by Jones, leader of the ill-fated People's Temple, to represent Jones in a custody battle for his illegitimate son, John Victor Stoen. "I didn't know him (Jones) well," Luckhoo said after the talk. "He was a client." However, Luckhoo called Jones an "atheist" and a "communist" who "took over to my country 1,200 Americans." He said that after the Nov. 7 banquet he rejected a request by Jones to be at the cult's commune at Jonestown when U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan of California visited toinvestigate the People's Temple. On Nov. 18, Ryan, three newsmen and a Temple defector were gunned down by Jones' followers at an airstrip near Jonestown. Jones then ordered a "mass suicide" the cult allegedly had been practicing for months. He said Americans need to warn their children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces about cults. "America is too gullible," he said. "America would accept and believe anything." Last page !

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