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Professor accused of leading biker gang says he's not guilty

September 16, 2011 | 10:55 am

College professor accused of leading motorcycle gang

A Cal State San Bernardino professor accused of leading a motorcycle gang pleaded not guilty Friday.

Stephen J. Kinzey, a 43-year-old kinesiology professor, allegedly led a local chapter of the Devils Diciples Outlaw motorcycle gang and a methamphetamine drug operation.

Authorities arrested nine suspected mid- and street-level dealers they said were involved in the drug ring shortly after raiding Kinzey's home, where they allegedly found more than a pound of methamphetamine, rifles, handguns, body armor, leather biker vests and other biker paraphernalia.

Kinzey arrived in court clean-shaven and in a blue suit. Prosecutors said they want his bail increased from $300,000 to $425,000.

During the brief court hearing, the professor's father testified that the bail money he put up for his son was his own. Prosecutors had requested the testimony to show the bail money did not come from the professor's illegal activities.


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Left photo: Some of the items authorities said they recovered in the raid on the home of Cal State San Bernardino professor Stephen J. Kenzey. Credit: Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times

Right photo: Stephen J. Kinzey. Credit: Cal State San Bernardino