Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Ex-Black Panther Convicted in Officer's Death Dies in Prison

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Ex-Black Panther Convicted in Officer's Death Dies in Prison

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LINCOLN, Neb. - One of two former Black Panthers convicted in the 1970 bombing death of an Omaha police officer has died in prison. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services spokesman Andrew Nystrom said David Rice died around midnight Saturday at the state penitentiary in Lincoln.

Rice's death will be investigated. Nystrom said the cause hasn't been determined, but he had been treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease since 2013.

The 68-year-old Rice, who had changed his name to Mondo we Langa, was convicted along with fellow Black Panther Edward Poindexter in the death of officer Larry Minard. Authorities say they lured police to a house with a 911 call, then detonated a homemade bomb that killed Minard.

The pair maintained their innocence and argued they were targeted by an FBI program that undermined radical political groups. …

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