The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 10, 1997 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 10, 1997
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SATURDAY, MAY 10, 1997 AS T OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING TRIAL Witness links McVeigh to truck Qkl Bombing Junction City man says McVeigh rented Ryder from his body shop By The Associated Press DENVER — A body shop owner identified Timothy McVeigh on Friday as the man who rented the 20-foot yellow Ryder truck - .that authorities say was used in the Oklahoma City bombing. Eldon Elliott said McVeigh walked into his body shop in Junction City, Kan., two days before the bombing and picked up the truck that a cost $280.32 to rent. He gave his name as Robert Kling m uray^iiia and turned down the insurance, saying: "I'm a good driver." Elliott recalled sending McVeigh off by saying, "Have a safe trip." Asked to look around the courtroom for the man, Elliott pointed at McVeigh and said, "Right over there. Blue shirt." McVeigh, 29, sitting at the defense table, was wearing a blue dress shirt. He showed no reaction. In cross-examination, Elliott stood by his story even as McVeigh attorney Stephen Jones confronted him with earlier statements that put the height of the man he saw at 5-foot-10 or 5- foot-11. McVeigh is 6-foot-l/2. Elliott said he may have underestimated McVeigh's height because McVeigh was leaning against a counter. Elliott also said he was emotionally rattled in the days after the bombing because of the flurry of activity at OT. / • A \ \ *1\ 3 ,.J -. IF^t -\ The Associated Press Eldon Elliott, owner of Elliott's Body Shop in Junction City, identifies Timothy McVeigh Friday as the person who rented the Ryder truck that authorities say was used in the Oklahoma City bombing. his shop. "I was just shook up about this," Elliott said. But he acknowledged that he briefly tried to profit from his role in the case, selling about a dozen T-shirts at his shop reading: "We remember our customers." Jones also raised the issue of the mysterious John Doe No. 2, a man said to have been with McVeigh when he rented the truck. Elliott said he remembered there was a second man, but didn't pay much attention to him. He said all he could remember was the man's baseball hat with lightning bolts on it. The sketches of John Doe No. 2, some with him wearing a baseball hat, were primarily based on a description by Elliott's mechanic Tom Kessinger. In November, federal prosecutors announced that John Doe No. 2 was actually a soldier who was in the shop a day after McVeigh rented the truck. Elliott said he saw McVeigh twice, once when he reserved the truck on April 15, 1995, paying the entire $280.32 fee in cash, and again when he picked it up on April 17,1995. "I was just inches from him," Elliott said. Two days after the truck was picked up, on April 19, 1995, McVeigh allegedly parked it front of the downtown Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a fuel-and-fertilizer bomb inside, killing 168 people. Prosecutors built up to Elliott's testimony by meticulously constructing a time line of McVeigh's movements in the critical days before the bombing, using everything from a McDonald's security camera video to a Chinese take-out order. ' Jurors saw McDonald's security pictures of McVeigh holding a fruit pie and checking his watch just before he allegedly walked a mile to Elliott's Body Shop to pick up the truck. A courtroom monitor flashed the jerky, stop-action black-and- white pictures of the lanky McVeigh walking through the McDonald's straight at the camera. In the background of the picture is a poster on the McDonald's wall showing Uncle Sam and the words: "I Want You." A cab company official testified one of her cars had transported someone from the Junction City motel where McVeigh was staying to the McDonald's. Prosecutors say McVeigh took a cab because his car was parked near the federal building in Oklahoma City, waiting to serve as his getaway. Authorities traced the bomb- carrying truck to Elliott's through a vehicle identification number on a truck axle found in the bombing debris. Records showed the truck matching that number was rented April 17, 1995, at Elliott's by a man using the name Robert Kling. MEGAN'S TRIAL Defendant had eye for Megan 36-year-old man is charged with murder and rape of 7-year-old By The Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. — A man charged with killing a 7-year-old girl told police he was attracted to the blonde, chubby-cheeked youngster and had been watching her all summer before he lured her into his home, an officer testified Friday. More grisly details of Megan Kanka's last minutes alive were introduced into evidence in Jesse Timmendequas' murder trial Friday, as a police detective testified about the statement the 36-year-old convicted sex offender gave the clay after the little girl disappeared. Timmendequas is charged with kidnapping, raping and murdering Megan in July 1994. He could face the death penalty if convicted. Megan's parents channeled their grief into a national campaign to notify communities when sex offenders move in. "Megan's Law" statutes have been enacted in New Jersey and other states and President Clinton has signed a federal version. Detective Robert O'Dwyer, reading Timmendequas' words, said the defendant talked about how he had watched Megan. "A lot of times during the summer, she would be sitting on the curb across the street," O'Dwyer read. "She would write with chalk in the streets. She would wear shorts with no panties and I would see this." Police say Timmendequas lured Megan into his house, across the street from hers, to see his new puppy. Once inside, Timmendequas said, the two went into his bedroom, O'Dwyer testified Thursday. Timmendequas told O'Dwyer he put a belt around her neck after she screamed and tried to run away when he fondled her. He said he choked her with the belt and covered her head with a plastic bag. According to the statement read Friday, Timmendequas said he placed Megan inside a large tool box and carried it out to his truck. O'Dwyer asked him if he had heard any sounds from the box. "Yes. I thought I heard a faint cough from within the box when I put the box in the truck," Tim- mendequas said in the statement. Timmendequas said that he did not realize Megan might be dead "until I got home and realized the plastic bags were still on her head and she probably suffocated." In other testimony, Lt. Thomas Wilkins said he found two bags over Megan's head: a plastic grocery bag, and a brown plastic trash bag underneath tied to her neck. "It was tight," Wilkins said of the trash bag. "It was firmly against the skin to the point that to cut it off, I had to force my fingers under the bag to get the scissors in to cut it." T JONBENET MURDER JonBenet's parents offer reward Ramseys hint an adult male may have been involved in murder By The Associated Press BOULDER, Colo. — JonBenet Ramsey's parents, hinting at what their private investigators may •have turned up, have bought a newspaper ad asking if anyone saw a man approaching children around the time their daughter was slain. The ad, due to run in Sunday's Daily Camera, seeks "information concerning an adult male approaching young children in Boulder in late 1996," family spokeswoman Rachelle Zimmer said Friday. Police spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm said she was unaware of any V CAMPAIGN FUND-RAISING reports of men approaching children in late December, but said "if something comes of this, we will follow it." The district attorney's office refused to comment. The 6-year-old beauty queen was found strangled in the basement of her home on Dec. 26, about eight hours after her mother discovered a ransom note demanding $118,000. District Attorney Alex Hunter identified the Ramseys as the focus of the investigation last month, and just weeks later the Ramseys broke their silence, talking to police and a select group of reporters. The Ramseys hired their own attorneys, experts and investigators shortly after the slaying, but this is the first time they have re- ferred publicly to a man approaching children. One expert dismissed the family's latest move as "an attempt to sway public opinion and get the focus off them." "I think the theme ... is to make it look like some outsider was responsible for the -crime," said Gregg McCrary, a former FBI criminal profiler who now works with the Threat Assessment Group of Newport Beach, Calif. Sunday's ad also offers a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case and features JonBenet's school picture. The family ran a similar ad in the same paper on April 27. Both ads were sponsored by the JonBenet Children's Foundation, which was created by the Ramseys shortly after the slaying. INTERNET $1067 I U Per Month Some Qualifications Apply 913-825-1581 VETERANS of FOREIGN WARS of the UNITED STATES POST #1432 will have their annual "BUDDY POPPY SALE" Friday, May 9th at the Post Office & City Co. Building Saturday, May lOth throughout the City ofSalina Because America's Veterans believed in "Justice for all," they left the safety of their homes & families to serve their country defenoUng its principles. They kept the battle for freedom from touching U.S. soil. Their sacrifice was great, their bravery beyond question. Poppy Day pays tribute to the veteran, both living and dead and reminds Americans of their debt to those who served so well. You can also mail your donation to VFW Post #1432,1108 W. Crawford, Salina, KS 67401 and specify "Buddy Poppy." WEAR YOUR BUDDY POPPY PROUDLY Leon P. Kashkin - Alice Jones , Poppy Chairpersons 825-4909 - 827-4866 Charles P. Morrison - Commander linn iniiiii 111 ii|||ii linn ffl Illlllllllll Mother's Day W Happy M Take Mom Out! House panel threatens attorney with contempt The CUPBOARD 2 911 B. West Crawford, Salina White House counsel is accused of withholding subpoenaed documents By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Clinton's counsel was invited Friday to tell a House committee why the lawyer shouldn't be held in contempt for withholding documents subpoenaed in a campaign- finance probe. White House Counsel Charles F.C. Ruff was asked in a letter from the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee to appear next week to "explain why you should not be held in contempt of Congress" for not turning over documents about Democratic fund-raisers and former administration officials. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., the panel's chairman, scheduled the hearing for Thursday. In the letter to Ruff, Burton advised the White House counsel he would be asked to testify under oath and could bring his own counsel "for the purpose of advising you of your constitutional rights." The White House said Friday night it had just received Burton's letter and would prepare a response. It urged Burton to accept the same procedures for handling sensitive documents that his investigative counterpart in the Senate has already agreed to. "We will continue to cooperate and provide the committee all the documents it needs to complete its inquiry," special counsel Lanny Davis said. Burton has accused the White House of stonewalling the investigation by withholding documents on the basis of attorney-client privilege. The White House has denied Burton's charges. Friday, May 9,2-8pm Saturday, May 10,10-3pm 802 S. 9th, Salina, KS (913)8253827 Please stop by & see our new line, just in time for Mother's Day. We lave everything you need to create a fresh look for 1997 including antique furniture, pine furniture, wreaths, primitive dolls £ bunnies, gardening, country, and numerous handmade treasures. Tliis year we have a wonderful assortment of baked goods to delight everyone's taste. p^^^^piiP^nmilP —«^ Ribeye With the purchase of a Wood Grill Buffet at Regular Price •-HUULUSI in Journal No need to sfaopanound Meet Stefany Kaniper, one of Saline County's top consumer loan officers. 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