SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The credibility of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst will be called into question as four former members of the Symbionese Liberation Army radical group face charges in a deadly 1975 bank robbery, attorneys say.
"Their star witness, their chief witness in this case -- that would be Patty Hearst -- will be telling untruths," J. Tony Serra, an attorney for murder suspect Michael Bortin, said after a procedural court appearance Monday.
The kidnapped newspaper heiress told the FBI in 1976 that she drove a getaway car during the robbery at the Crocker National Bank in Carmichael. In her 1982 book, "Every Secret Thing," she said SLA members told her one of the accused, Emily Harris, shot a bank customer who was depositing a church collection.
George C. Martinez, Hearst's lawyer, said the defense strategy isn't surprising.
The attorneys say they will also ask the judge to throw out what prosecutors say is new scientific evidence linking shotgun pellets taken from the victim's body 27 years ago with shells recovered at an SLA safe house.
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