Cult Member Identified as Key Witness
Sunday, August 8th, 1971
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 — The prosecution on Friday revealed the identity of a key witness in the second murder trial of condemned killer Charles Manson.
Dep. Dist. Atty. Anthony C. Manzella told Superior Judge Raymond Choate the witness is Ella Jo Bailey, reportedly one of the original members of Manson’s cult.
Manzella said Miss Bailey will be called as a witness on Tuesday.
It was believed her testimony concerns the murder on July 27,1969, of Topanga Canyon musician Gary Hinman 34.
Manson 36, is charged with Hinman’s slaying and the alleged murder, also in 1969, of movie stuntman Donald (Shorty) Shea 35, whose body has never been found.
Miss Bailey, in her mid 20s, reportedly left the Spahn Ranch near Chatsworth, former home of the Manson “family,” one day after Hinman was stabbed at his home.
Manzella earlier declined to reveal Miss Bailey’s name to anyone, including Manson’s attorney, Irving A. Kanarek, because of possible danger to her life.
Judge Choate ruled the prosecution could keep her identity secret until 72 hours before she takes the witness stand.
When Manzella informed the court of her identity, he was complying with Judge Choate’s ruling.
As testimony continued in Manson’s trial, the cult leader was ousted again for his courtroom outbursts. Judge Choate ordered him into a lockup adjacent to the courtroom, where he can still hear the proceedings