The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 20, 2001 · Page 5
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATIOIVI FRIDAY. APRIL 20, 2001 AB T OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING Execution viewing at prison Closed-circuit TV broadcast set for survivors, families By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal prison facility in Oklahoma City has been chosen as the site where bombing survivors and victims' families will watch Timothy McVeigh's execution on a closed-circuit broadcast. Survivors and families have until May 1 to reserve watch the May 16 execution, which will be carried out at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. The Justice Department announcement Thursday came a week after Attorney General MCVEIGH a seat to John Ashcroft authorized the closed-circuit broadcast to accommodate survivors and victims' families. About 285 people had said they wanted to view the execution; only 10 seats for victim witnesses are allowed at the execution site. The Bureau of Prisons will make seats available for all victims who register for the closed-circuit broadcast, officials said. The U.S. attorney's office in Oklahoma City has names of about 3,000 victims and family members on file; officials expect a few hundred to sign up for the broadcast. The Justice Department said letters went out this week to victims and family members with details on arrangements for the broadcast of the first federal execution in 36 years. The department did not release the letters but provided a summary of the arrangements. A bus will pick up victims at a U.S. marshal's air hangar at 5 a.m. Central time and transport them to the Bureau of Prisons holding facility in Oklahoma City The execution • is set for 7 a.m. Central time. No video cameras, tape recorders or cell phones will be allowed, to "ensure that the closed-circuit viewing is not recorded or otherwise made public," the department said in a release. It is against the law to make a video or audio recording of a federal execution. Ten people have been selected by lottery to witness the execution in person in Terre Haute. Seven seats wiU go to families of deceased victims, and two will go to survivors with physical injuries. The last seat is for a survivor The Justice Department did not release the names of those selected. Sixth anniversary Church bells rang out again Thursday in Oklahoma City as families and friends marked the sixth anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. On the memorial marking the spot, dedicated a year ago, speakers read the names of the 149 adults and 19 children killed in the AprU 19,1995, blast. The families stood silent for 168 seconds, ending with the ringing of church bells and the song "Let There Be Peace on Earth." Ted Wilson, an Oklahoma City Fire Department chaplain, prayed those considering acts of terror could "see through the eyes of those present here today of those who are not here, of those who can never be here." Edye Stowe lost two sons in the bombing — Chase, who would be 8, and Colton, who would be 10. "It's hard that they'd be old enough to play baseball now," Stowe said. T PROFESSOR SLAYINGS 17-year-old indicted in double murders Prosecutors seek to certify 16-year-old as adult to face charges By The Associated Press HAVERHILL, N.H. — One of two Vermont teen-agers ac- .cused of stabbing two Dartmouth College professors to death was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder charges. A grand jury charged Robert TuUoch, 17, with two counts of murder in the Jan. 27 deaths of Half and Susanne Zantop in their Hanover home. An arraignment date was not set. Prosecutors are trying to certify his co-defendant, James Parker, 16, as an adult before seeking an indictment against him. "In my experience, it could be a number of months before that takes place," prosecutor Kelly Ayotte said. Investigators said they were unsure of a motive for the killings or a possible connection between the German-born professors and the Chelsea, Vt., teens. Court documents say police found two military-style knives in Tulloch's bedroom with Susanne Zantop's blood on them. They say Parker bought similar knives on the Internet several weeks before the murders, a purchase that led investigators to fingerprint the teens. Bloody footprints found at the scene also link Tulloch to the crime, according to the documents. A fingerprint found on a knife sheath left at the scene matched Parker's, the documents say Prosecutors are seeking blood and handwriting samples from Tulloch to match with evidence found at the scene and in his home. Tulloch and Parker left home in the days after the murders, telling friends they were going rock-climbing in Colorado. T CHURCH BOMBING TRIAL Judge issues gag order in bombing trial Attorneys told to keep quiet after stories about secret FBI tapes By The Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Upset with news reports about secret FBI recordings, a judge im; posed a gag order Thursday on « attorneys in the trial of a 1963 p church bombing that killed four black girls, "I felt like we need to try this case in the courtroom and not in the news media," Circuit Judge James Garrett said. The order came after defense lawyer John Robbins said news reports about secret recordings of his client, Thomas Blanton Jr, had tainted the jury pool and warranted a mistrial. Garrett said no mistrial motion had been filed as of Thursday, and he could not rule on one until jury selection was complete. "That isn't expected until at least Monday. Blanton, 62, is charged with murder in the dynamite bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963. The blast killed 11-year-old Denise McNair and 14-year- olds Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson. The church had become a gathering place for civil-rights activists. Garrett on Monday had ordered prospective jurors to avoid news reports about the case. Before the gag order was imposed, Robbins said he would ask for a mistrial partly because of a story Tuesday by The Associated Press and an ABC news report Wednesday on tapes of Blanton secretly recorded in the 1960s by FBI informant Mitchell Burns. Burns, a former Klansman, recorded Blanton on a tape recorder the FBI had hidden in the trunk of Burns' car. Burns told the AP Blanton once said: "They ain't gonna catch me when I bomb my next church." He also said he was uncertain if there was enough evidence for a conviction. "He never admitted he did it. It's all circumstantial," Burns said. A lawyer for Blanton asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to exclude other secret FBI recordings from the trial. 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