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Delay of McVeigh Execution Sought

Tuesday, 29 May 2001 12:00 AM

"Mr. McVeigh believes that the information that we have discovered is worthy of judicial review," his lawyer Rob Nigh is quoted as telling CNN.

"We are optimistic that he will permit us to make a filing on his behalf. No final decision will be reached until we meet with him in person later this week."

The legal team wants more time to review more than 4,000 pages of evidence that the FBI failed to hand over during his trial.

McVeigh admits bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which took 168 lives. He has said he would not seek an appeal of his death sentence, but his lawyer Christopher Tritico told Fox News that McVeigh might have changed his mind when he learned that some witness statements were never used in his trial.

McVeigh authorized his attorneys to explore a stay by saying, "'Look into it'," according to Tritico.

Fox News reports that a "source close to McVeigh" believes the convict supports the motion and said the legal team "is not just drafting it for the heck of it."

Sean Connelly, who helped prosecute the case, said nothing in the documents exonerated McVeigh.

The Justice Department said Attorney General John Ashcroft, who previously delayed the execution until June 11, was unlikely to grant another reprieve.

"The Justice Department has reviewed the documents carefully, and we are prepared to defend McVeigh's conviction and the sentence that has been imposed," said Justice Department spokesman Chris Watney.

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