Stephen Kinzey, the former kinesiology professor at California State University San Bernardino who was nationally famous for a few weeks as the “Devil’s Professor,” is still free on bail and still awaiting trial.
Kinsey was also President of the Mountain Chapter of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club and, because he was on vacation when his indictment was announced in September 2011, he was immediately labeled a fugitive. Kinzey was accused of buying pounds of methamphetamine from a San Bernardino man named Jeremy Disney and selling ounces of methamphetamine to small-time dealers.
Eight people have taken plea deals in the case. Hans Robert Preszler, Eric Cortez, Edward Freer, Chelsea Marie Johnson, Elaine Linda Flores, Wendi Lee Witherell, Christopher Allen Rikerd and Stephanie Danielle Padilla all wound up serving about a year in jail or less. Kinzey, Disney and Kinzey’s girlfriend, Holly Vandergrift Robinson, have consistently maintained their innocence.
Kinzey is accused of possession of a controlled substance for sale, receiving stolen property, conspiracy to distribute illegal narcotics, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm and participating in a criminal street gang. His contract with Cal State San Bernardino expired in August 2012.
The press conference held to announce the accusations against Kinzey and the seizure of a pound of crank set off a press frenzy 22 months ago.
San Bernardino Sheriff Rod Hoops said, “I have kids in college and to have an associate professor who is a member of the Devil’s Diciples dealing narcotics is quite alarming. I mean, it’s unusual to say the least…. Hopefully, we can get our main suspect (Kinzey) in custody in the next few days.”
One of Hoops’ deputies, Detective Jason Rosenbaum, advised excited reporters, “He’s smarter than the average dealer…He was doing what he could to keep it under wraps…I believe he does have the ability to flee the country because there are (Devils Diciples) chapters in other countries. He also has family out of state.”
The San Bernardino Sun, in an apparent homage to the golden days of yellow journalism, called Kinzey the “Devil’s Professor.” The San Bernardino Press-Enterprise was slightly more restrained. It began its coverage of the Kinzey case under the headline “Meth dealing professor at large.”
Still At Large
Kinzey’s case has been slowed by numerous continuances. The next preliminary hearing for Kinzey, Disney and Robinson is scheduled for August 2nd. The case has not yet been assigned a trial date.
For the last year Kinzey has run a kinesiology consulting business from his home.
Kinzey is represented by attorney James Glick.