by Bill Johnson
American Reporter Correspondent
Oklahoma City, Calif.
May 10, 2001
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 10, 2001 -- The FBI informed a federal judge and Timo= thy McVeigh's defense attorneys Thursday it had found a quantity of evidenc= e in the Oklahoma City federal building bombing case that had never been re= vealed to McVeigh's lawyers.
McVeigh, who has admitted in a biography that he set the bomb that kill= ed 168 people, is scheduled to be executed next week at a federal prison in= Terre Haute, Ind. There was no immediate indication of how the revelation would affect the execution date, but sources close to the case said they an= ticipated it would be have to be delayed.
The FBI indicated that several hundred 302 forms had been discovered as= papers were being packed for archiving. The 302 formscontained information= the FBI gathered in questioning people in the daysand weeks after the Apri= l 19, 1995, bombing.
While the FBI indicated there were several hundred 302 forms that had n= ot been turned over to the defense, one of McVeigh's attorneys said he beli= eved the information could cover "thousands" of interviews.
McVeigh was convicted by a federal jury in Denver of blowing up the Alf= red P. Murrah federal building with a truck bomb. He has said the bombing w= as primarily in retaliation for the Branch Davidian standoff with federal o= fficials in which some 80 people died in the fiery conclusion exactly two y= ears before the bombing.
The jury sentenced McVeigh to death. He has said he is ready to die for= his cause and refused to appeal any further and rejected anattempt to requ= est executive clemency.
Local defense attorneys speculated that U.S. District JudgeRichard Mats= ch, who presided over McVeigh's trial, probably would call a hearing to inv= estigate the newly found evidence.
They also said it was uncertain whether McVeigh's decision not to seek an appeal or clemency might be overruled by the judge so that a hearing cou= ld be held.
McVeigh was a decorated soldier in the Gulf War who later turned agains= t his government. Evidence presented by the government at his trial showed that he and Terry Nichols collected some 3,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate f= ertilizer that, with fuel oil, composed the bomb.
The evidence indicated they mixed the bomb on the shores of a fishing l= ake in Kansas and that McVeigh then drove the rental truck to Oklahoma City= , where he parked it outside the federal building and touched off the fuse.=
Among those killed were 19 young children, most of them in the second-f= loor day-care center that overlooked the street when McVeigh parked the bom= b-laden truck.
Some 500 other people were injured by the explosion, and many of them a= re still undergoing medical treatment. A national memorial has been created= on the site and President Clinton spoke at its dedication.
Nichols, who was an Army buddy of McVeigh's, was tried by another feder= al jury in Denver and was sentenced to life on conspiracy and manslaughter= charges. Under federal law, McVeigh and Nichols could be tried only for th= e deaths of the eight on-duty federal agents who died in the rubble.
The Oklahoma County district attorney's office has filed 160first-degre= e murder charges against Nichols and a preliminary hearing isscheduled for later this year.