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June 4, 1994 | Associated Press
Nation of Islam preacher Khallid Abdul Muhammad left the hospital in a wheelchair Friday, six days after being wounded in an ambush. Muhammad, 46, former spokesman for the black Muslim group, was shot in the legs Sunday after giving a speech at UC Riverside. Four bodyguards and a bystander also were wounded. James Edward Bess, 49, a defrocked minister of the Nation of Islam, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault. Police believe he acted alone.
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March 8, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Muslim preacher was convicted Thursday of the attempted murder of former Nation of Islam spokesman Khallid Abdul Muhammad during an appearance nearly two years ago at UC Riverside, and now faces a sentence of life in prison. Riverside County Deputy Dist. Atty. Bill Mitchell said he did not anticipate James E. Bess, 51, ever being released on parole.
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June 2, 1994 | TOM GORMAN and SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An apparently distracted James Edward Bess locked his keys in his car at UC Riverside about an hour before he allegedly shot Nation of Islam speaker Khallid Abdul Muhammad--and campus police came to his rescue, university officials said Wednesday. After police confirmed that Bess had rightful use of the vehicle and opened it for him, Bess moved the vehicle from a housing complex across the street from the gymnasium where Muhammad had begun speaking 45 minutes earlier.
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June 4, 1994 | Associated Press
Nation of Islam preacher Khallid Abdul Muhammad left the hospital in a wheelchair Friday, six days after being wounded in an ambush. Muhammad, 46, former spokesman for the black Muslim group, was shot in the legs Sunday after giving a speech at UC Riverside. Four bodyguards and a bystander also were wounded. James Edward Bess, 49, a defrocked minister of the Nation of Islam, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault. Police believe he acted alone.
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June 1, 1994 | ANDREA FORD and MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When James E. Bess was arrested in the attempted slaying of a Nation of Islam leader in Riverside, those who had known him in recent years found the outburst of violence out of character. But his past as a young Muslim was marked by serious clashes that resulted in arrests, convictions and the death of his brother. In the mid-1960s, Bess was convicted of manslaughter in Missouri and of assault in Fresno, according to newspaper accounts at the time.
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March 8, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Muslim preacher was convicted Thursday of the attempted murder of former Nation of Islam spokesman Khallid Abdul Muhammad during an appearance nearly two years ago at UC Riverside, and now faces a sentence of life in prison. Riverside County Deputy Dist. Atty. Bill Mitchell said he did not anticipate James E. Bess, 51, ever being released on parole.
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June 5, 1994 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sounding like a conservative politician and preacher, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan spoke reproachfully Saturday night of a vain society "where greed, lust and an inordinate self-interest have taken over," and scolded blacks for not organizing and taking more economic control of their communities.
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May 30, 1994 | TOM GORMAN and PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A gunman identified as a former Nation of Islam minister shot and wounded controversial former Nation of Islam spokesman Khallid Abdul Muhammad here Sunday on the steps outside a university auditorium where Muhammad had just spoken, officials said. Muhammad, 43, was hit in the left leg by at least one of five or six shots from a 9-millimeter handgun, officials said. He also suffered a graze wound to the right leg.
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May 31, 1994 | TOM GORMAN and CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A former Nation of Islam minister who clashed with fellow Muslims had a small arsenal, including a hunting rifle with a scope, when he allegedly shot black nationalist Khallid Abdul Muhammad and five other men outside a university auditorium, authorities said Monday. The suspect, identified as James Edward Bess, 49, opened fire just after Muhammad finished a speech on the University of California campus here Sunday night.
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June 2, 1994 | TOM GORMAN and SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An apparently distracted James Edward Bess locked his keys in his car at UC Riverside about an hour before he allegedly shot Nation of Islam speaker Khallid Abdul Muhammad--and campus police came to his rescue, university officials said Wednesday. After police confirmed that Bess had rightful use of the vehicle and opened it for him, Bess moved the vehicle from a housing complex across the street from the gymnasium where Muhammad had begun speaking 45 minutes earlier.
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June 1, 1994 | ANDREA FORD and MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When James E. Bess was arrested in the attempted slaying of a Nation of Islam leader in Riverside, those who had known him in recent years found the outburst of violence out of character. But his past as a young Muslim was marked by serious clashes that resulted in arrests, convictions and the death of his brother. In the mid-1960s, Bess was convicted of manslaughter in Missouri and of assault in Fresno, according to newspaper accounts at the time.
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