LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt, a former Los Angeles Black Panther leader who spent 27 years in prison on a murder conviction that was later overturned, has died. He was 63.
Lawyer Stuart Hanlon told The Associated Press Thursday that Pratt died at his home in a small village in Tanzania, where he had lived for at least half a decade.READ MORE: Culver City PD Seeks Public's Help Identifying Cyclist Who Violently Assault 17-Year-Old Girl
Hanlon, who helped overturn the conviction, says Pratt’s family called him from Tanzania and told him Pratt died this week.
Pratt was convicted in 1972 of robbing and fatally shooting schoolteacher Caroline Olsen on a Santa Monica tennis court.READ MORE: Street Racing Likely To Blame For Fiery Burbank Wreck Which Killed 3, Including Cerian Baker
But he always maintained his innocence, claiming he was targeted by the government because it was out to persecute the Black Panther Party.
Los Angeles prosecutors announced two years after his conviction was overturned in 1997 that they would not seek to retry him.MORE NEWS: LA City Council To Consider Requiring COVID Vaccinations For Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters, Concerts, Gyms
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