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Monday, December 16, 1996

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  • The Call for Re-Trial of Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt

    In 1968 Caroline Olson was murdered at a tennis court in Santa Monica. Her husband Kenneth identified several suspects from police photographs, and then years later identified Geronimo Pratt as the murderer. Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, a decorated Vietnam war veteran, a UCLA student, and member of the Black Panthers maintains his innocence despite a conviction on murder that was based on the alleged false testimony of Julius Butler, an FBI informant. Following the trial and conviction of Elmer Pratt, Julius Butler has enjoyed the benefits of going to college, practicing law, and becoming a deacon of the First African Methodist Episcopal church in South Central Los Angeles while never serving time for perjury.