Ronald Hughes, Lawyer, to Be Buried Wednesday
Sunday, April 4th, 1971
LOS ANGELES, Apr. 4 — Funeral services will be held in Westwood next Wednesday for Tate-LaBianca trial attorney Ronald Hughes.
The 35-year-old Hughes’ body was found last weekend in the wilds of Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. He had been missing since Thanksgiving week end when he went to Sespe Hot Springs for a short holiday.
Hughes’ body was discovered about seven miles downstream from where he had disappeared during torrential rains.
Services will be at noon at Gates, Kingsley and Gates Mortuary, 1500 Sepulveda Blvd. Burial will be-at nearby Westwood Memorial Park.
Hughes parents John and Anita Hughes live in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., but they expressed a desire to have their son buried in Los Angeles, “where he has friends.”
He was born in Los Angeles, but for many years lived in New York City.
Hughes returned to California,however, and studied law. The Tate-LaBianca case was his first trial.
Hughes represented 21-year-old Leslie Van Houten, who along with Charles Manson and two other women has been condemned to death for the murders.
He disappeared shortly before final arguments in the guilt phase of the marathon trial were to begin. Pasadena lawyer Maxwell Keith took over Miss Van Houten’s case after being appointed by trial Judge Charles H. Older.