Mary Brunner Arraigned In Musician Slaying Case
Thursday, June 18th, 1970
LOS ANGELES, Jun. 18 – Mary Brunner, a member of the Charles Manson clan, today had been arraigned for the murder of musician Gary Hinman and requested the right to act as her own attorney.
Miss Brunner 26, was held without bond after her indictment by the County Grand Jury.
Superior Court Judge Malcolm M. Lucas continued her case until June 22, when her motion to represent herself will be heard.
When Judge Lucas asked the defendant if she had the money to employ an attorney, she answered, “I would like to be my own attorney.”
For purposes of arraignment, Judge Lucas attempted to appoint the public defender’s office to represent Miss Brunner.
However, J. P. Nunnelley, chief of the felony trials division for the public defender, said his office could not represent Miss Brunner because it already represented Robert Kenneth Beausoleil 22, condemned to the gas chamber for Hinman’s murder.
Miss Brunner is in custody at County Jail after being held in contempt of court for her conduct in the case of Beausoleil.
She was once a key witness for the prosecution against Beausoleil.
Miss Brunner, a University of Wisconsin librarian, is the fifth person charged in Hinman’s stabbing last July 27.
Miss Brunner, who testified at Beausoleil’s trial that she was present at Hinman’s Topanga Canyon home when he was stabbed, first claimed Beausoleil was the slayer.
She later recanted the accusation, and took the Fifth Amendment to question about who did kill the 34-year-old musician.
Again, from the witness stand she said Beausoleil committed the murder.
Finally, as a court spectator Monday at Beausoleil’s formal sentencing, Miss Brunner screamed, “Bobby isn’t guilty.”
Dep. Dist. Atty. Burton Katz, who presented the case to the Grand Jury, told newsmen:
“Miss Brunner did not abide by her agreement (concerning immunity) and we don’t feel bound by it.”
The prosecutor asserted, “she made a deliberate attempt to undermine the integrity of the Beausoleil prosecution.”
Beausoleil testified at his trial that Manson stabbed Hinman because the latter would not join Manson’s nomadic band.
Miss Brunner implicated Manson by her testimony that he slashed Hinman across the side of the face with a sword.
Miss Brunner, a slender, short-haired, blue-eyed blonde, has a 2-year-old son Michael, allegedly fathered by Manson.
Others charged with Hinman’s slaying besides Beausoleil and Miss Brunner and Manson and two members of his “family,” Miss Susan Atkins 21, and Bruce Davis 27, who is still a fugitive.