Stephen J. “Skinz” Kinzey, a 43-year-old kinesiology professor at California State University at San Bernardino and President of the Mountain Chapter of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club was in San Bernardino Superior Court Friday morning for a bail hearing.
Kinzey is pictured in the photo above with three other CSU San Bernardino professors. Kinzey is the one Sheriffs think looks like a demonic genius.
Kinzey posted a $300,000 bail through his attorney, James Glick, on September 6. Kinzey retired father, Hank Kinzey, of Rochester Hills, Michigan paid a $24,000 bail fee so his son could remain free. Prosecutors demanded the hearing because they believed Kinzey’s bail was paid with profits from illegal drug sales.
Prosecutors forced Hank Kinzey to fly from Michigan to testify that he paid the bondsman with his savings. Prosecutors also asked that Kinzey’s bail be raised from $300,000 to $425,000. Kinzey remains free on $300,000 bail.
Kinzey is accused of selling methamphetamine to street level drug dealers. San Bernardino Sheriffs raided Kinzey’s Highland Park, California home on August 26 and arrested ten other people including Kinzey’s live –in girlfriend, Holly Vandergrift Robinson. The other accused are Jeremy Disney who Sheriffs say supplied Kinzey with methamphetamine; Eric Cortez who is charged with possession of a controlled substance; and Edward Freer, Chelsea Marie Johnson, Christopher Allen Rikerd, Hans Robert Preszler, Elaine Linda Flores, Wendi Lee Witherell and Stephanie Danielle Padilla who are all charged with “conspiracy to commit a crime.”
After Kinzey’s home was ransacked, police identified Kinzey as a “fugitive.” The press conference which displayed several items of Devils Diciples paraphernalia and other trophies was choreographed as a photo opportunity. The conference made much of Kinzey’s volunteer and professional jobs and was obviously intended to demonstrate how hard San Bernardino Sheriffs continue to work to combat the biker menace there.
Kinzey’s attorney told the San Bernardino Press-Enterprise that the professor “was on vacation during the time the warrant was issued. I told him, ‘Stay where you are until I can find out what’s gong on with the bail.”
San Bernardino State was clearly spooked by the Sheriff’s Department’s propaganda blitz. The University immediately tried to distance itself Kinzey and removed most references to him from its website. Kinzey remains a professor in full standing at the college. Classes are scheduled to begin September 22.
Plea Deal Rejected
Last week one of the others accused with Johnson, Chelsea Johnson, rejected a plea deal in the case. Prosecutors wanted Johnson to plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Johnson replied by demanding her right to a speedy trial. Defendant Eric Cortez also invoked his right to a speedy trial.
Professor Stephen Kinzey is scheduled to be arraigned on November 10.