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Parents of Bias to Testify Before Grand Jury

July 24, 1986

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) _ The parents of University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias will testify before a grand jury on the circumstances surrounding their son’s death from cocaine intoxication, their attorney said Wednesday.

But Wayne Curry said that he did not know when James and Lonise Bias would appear before a Prince George’s County grand jury, which completed its third day of testimony Wednesday.

Curry said county prosecutor Arthur A. Marshall Jr. offered the Biases the opportunity to testify and they decided to do so. He would not comment on the reason for their decision.

Two of Len Bias’ roommates and a woman who saw the college basketball star the night he died testified Wednesday.

Jurors also listened to testimony from Johnnie Walker, a District of Columbia police officer who was a friend of Bias and who retrieved articles from his room at the request of Bias’ parents.

Most witnesses refused to talk to reporters when they left the grand jury room, and those who did had little to say.

Asked what he had told the grand jury, Jeff Baxter, a teammate who also shared a dormitory suite with Bias, replied: ″Do you really think I can talk about that?″

Keith Gatlin, who also shared the suite in the dorm, eluded reporters when he left the Prince George’s County courthouse.

Christina Johnson, who said earlier that she spent some time with Bias before he collapsed in his dormitory room about 6 a.m. June 19, would not comment when she left. Her lawyer, Victor Hulon, said she had testified and that he did not expect her to be called back before the grand jury.

Other witnesses included Bernadette Holton, who said she loaned Bias $310 the night he died.

Witnesses called Wednesday by Marshall included most of the people known to be with Bias the night he died and emergency crew members who were called to the dormitory aftr he collapsed June 19.

Among those not yet summoned are Terry Long and David Gregg, two fellow basketball players, and Brian Lee Tribble, a friend of Bias. All three were in the dorm room when he collapsed.

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