Linda Given Immunity But Not Yet Released
Monday, August 10th, 1970
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 – Linda Kasabian, the chief witness against long-haired hippie leader Charles Manson and three of his girls, today was granted immunity from prosecution in the Tate-LaBianca murders.
The immunity order was signed by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles Older this morning but a legal technicality of dismissing charges against her has not been completed by the district attorney’s office.
A new motion for a mistrial was made by Manson’s attorney, Irving Kanarek, on the theory that the immunity could not now be granted because the district attorney did not follow proper legal procedure.
The motion was denied by Judge Older who said he had already signed the immunity order before court began.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Kasabian resumed the stand for the 11th straight day to retell the story of the killings at the home of pregnant actress Sharon Tate.
Another motion by Kanarek to adjourn the trial to the Tate, home to “take evidence” was denied and, instead, the witness pointed out details on a giant scale-drawing of the Benedict Canyon home.
Standing only a few feet from the man she accused of masterminding the murders, Mrs. Kasabian pointed to the spot where she first saw Polish playboy Voityck Frykowski as he emerged bleeding from the home.
Another spot, she indicated, was where she stood when Patricia Krenwinkel, one of the defendants, rushed up to ask for a knife.
“I gave it to her then she told me to stay there and listen for sounds,” the 22-year-old mother of two testified.
It was shortly thereafter, she said, that she heard screams from the house and started running “to make the screaming stop.”
On trial with Manson and Miss Krenwinkel are Susan Atkins and Leslie Van Houten, 19. Miss Van Houten is charged only in the murders of Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary the day after the Tate killing.
By MARY NEISWENDER