James Perry, an Omaha police lieutenant active in the investigation of the murder of Larry Minard, Sr., maintained his own cache of dynamite outside the police evidence locker. Perry, who is now deceased, was recorded in 2002, according to a newly released transcript. Perry’s interview with a private detective, funded by Nebraskans for Justice and released to the public on January 7, 2014, contains his admission to storing dynamite out-of-state, outside the police evidence protocols and security.
Two Black Panther leaders, Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice), are serving life sentences at the Nebraska State Penitentiary for the August 17, 1970 bombing murder of Patrolman Larry Minard, Sr. Both men had been targets of J. Edgar Hoover’s COINTELPRO operations and Hoover wanted them convicted for Minard’s murder ordering the FBI Laboratory to withhold a report on the identity of the anonymous 911 caller who lured Minard to his death.
Lt Perry was a commanding officer in the search for Minard’s killers, but Perry already had his own ideas about the crime. “You would have to be a sap-sucking idiot not to know who was responsible for the bombing you know,” said Perry.
Perry was asked by private detective Tom Gorgen if he had any idea the dynamite allegedly found in Mondo we Langa’s basement was planted there.
“”Oh s**t that’s preposterous. First off there wasn’t a policeman on the job that knew anything how to you know, I didn’t know what a stick of dynamite looks like for Christ sake you know. And or how you dealt with it,” said Perry.
But Perry actually did know what a stick of dynamite looked like, he had a cache of the explosive in rural Council Bluffs, Iowa. Perry said an informant, Jim Uding, directed him to a box of dynamite in July 1970.
Perry said Uding called him about 2 a.m. one morning. “And he wanted to know if I wanted this dynamite so he says I had to come out there to 72nd and Grant Street is where he had this used car place.” Perry continued, “So I drive out there and he gives me a shovel and he says it’s over in that vacant lot by the tree.”
“So we dug it up and there was a box there with 19 sticks if I remember right,” said Perry. “So I kept that in my car overnight. And then the next day we took it over to Rannies in Council Bluffs. Then that is where I left it.”
Perry said that Uding would not say anything about where the dynamite came from.
Shortly after Perry’s shovel work a detective, Jack Swanson, arrested three men with dynamite in their car trunk. Swanson transported that dynamite over to Perry’s explosives depot at a private quarry. Charges against the trio were eventually dropped after Swanson testified that he found dynamite in Mondo we Langa’s basement.
Swanson’s trial testimony was later contradicted by another detective, Robert Pfeffer, who also claimed he found the dynamite in Mondo’s basement. No crime scene photos of dynamite in the basement were ever made. Crime scene technicians did not see any dynamite until they photographed it on a table in a conference room at police headquarters.
Police also claimed that dynamite particles were found in Mondo’s pants pockets. However, Mondo’s hands, when swabbed after his arrest, tested negative for dynamite. Casting doubt on the police version of events, Mondo we Langa was photographed by the Omaha World-Herald moments before his arrest and subsequent hand-swabbing, with his hands buried deep in his pants pockets raising the question, just when and how did dynamite particles get in Mondo’s pockets and not show up on his hands.
U. S. District Judge Warren Urbom listened to James Perry testify about the events leading to Mondo we Langa’s arrest and concluded that Perry was not to be trusted. ““On the basis of the entire record before this court and having heard and seen Lt. Perry testify, it is impossible for me to credit his testimony in the respects mentioned. “
Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa continue to deny any involvement in the death of Larry MInard, Sr. and both remain imprisoned in the maximum-security Nebraska State Penitentiary serving life sentences.
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