CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) - A follower of Charles Manson has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a cell phone inside a California prison where the mass murderer is housed.
California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton says 63-year-old Craig Carlisle Hammond was arrested Sunday for investigation of conspiracy, possession of an illegal communication device and attempting to bring a cell phone into a prison. Hammond was taken to jail and is scheduled to be in court next month.
Authorities say Hammond had a wrist watch cell phone that was found by a correctional officer at Corcoran State Prison.
Manson, who is serving a life sentence for orchestrating a series of gruesome murders, has been caught with a smuggled cell phone twice in the past four years.
Judge: Manson disciple can't keep tapes from LAPD
DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge in Texas says the Los Angeles Police Department should be able to obtain decades-old taped conversations between Manson family disciple Charles "Tex" Watson and his then-attorney.
Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith says detectives "are looking forward to getting these tapes and thoroughly analyzing their contents."
Smith says the LAPD is prepared to send detectives to Texas to get the tapes but will wait until a 30-day window for an appeal passes.
Watson's Fort Worth lawyer, Kelly Puls, says he will talk to Watson about appealing the ruling.
Judge Richard Schell affirmed a bankruptcy court decision in ruling Sunday that the key figure in the 1969
Tate-La Bianca murders waived