AP 06/16 0927 Layton SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Larry Layton, a former Peoples Temple member
AP 06/16 0927 Layton
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Larry Layton, a former Peoples Temple
member convicted of aiding in the murder of a congressman, has
been returned to jail pending the outcome of his appeal.
Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Peckham on Monday revoked
Layton's $250,000 bail, granted in March, ruling that Layton lied
under oath during post-trial appeal hearings.
"We do not take lightly the committing of willful perjury,"
He said "several untruthful statements" by Layton showed him
to be "a man of desperation to avoid his convictions," and that
such desperation could lead Layton to flee.
Layton's lawyer, Robert Bryan, said he would appeal the
ruling. He already is appealing Layton's conviction and
Peckham's ruling rejecting a new trial.
Layton waved to relatives and friends as he was led to a cell.
Peckham sentenced Layton, 41, to life imprisonment after he
was found guilty Dec. 1 of conspiracy and aiding and abetting the
November 1978 murder of Rep. Leo Ryan and the attempted murder
of U.S. diplomat Richard Dwyer on an airstrip in Guyana.
Hours after those shootings, the Rev. Jim Jones and 912 of
his Peoples Temple followers died in a murder-suicide ritual at
their nearby settlement in the South American jungle.
The judge on March 27 granted bail to Layton during his
appeal, saying Layton had not been a major member of the
conspiracy to murder Ryan and Dwyer, and citing Layton's
trouble-free record while on bail for the five years between his
But Peckham said Monday that Layton appears "in a different
light" after the post-trial hearing.
Among other things, Layton testified in that hearing that he
never told a defense aide during the trial he had made up a story
about being on medication at the time of the shootings, and that
he did not tell another defense aide after his conviction that he
anticipated a life sentence.
In both instances, the defense aides testified the
conversations took place, and Peckham said he believed them.
Bryan contended the alleged perjury resulted from memory
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