The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1997 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 16, 1997
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1997 A3 V OKLAHOMA BOMBING TRIAL Evidence missing McVeigh's prints Defendant's prints are not on key or truck's rental agreement By MICHAEL FLEEMAN The Associated Press DENVER — Timothy McVeigh's fingerprints couldn't be found on several pieces of evidence that could tie him to the Oklahoma City bombing, including the key and rental agreement for the Ryder truck allegedly used in the blast, a prosecution expert testified Thursday. In a rare bright moment for the defense, FBI fingerprint technician Louis Hupp also said there were no McVeigh prints at the rental agency where a witness said McVeigh picked up the truck two days before the bombing. The FBI went as far as to tear ,-out the counter at Elliott's Body Shop in Junction City, Kan., and take it to the FBI lab for analysis, but still found no McVeigh •.".prints, Hupp said, "f -And, Hupp said, the FBI didn't ;> find McVeigh's fingerprints in co^•defendant Terry Nichols' pickup • J:-truck, which prosecutors contend X Nichols drove to get McVeigh in £. Oklahoma City after McVeigh al- ;^legedly stashed a getaway car ?* there three days before the blast. "$' Under redirect testimony by the ^•prosecution, however, Hupp insist- l^'ed-that a person could touch some- <jthing and still not leave prints. •JX;"It's very common," he said. •j'--;-;3fet the testimony provided iwfijome of the only beneficial evi- Siflence for McVeigh, who could get f;the death penalty if convicted of «v{nurder and conspiracy in the ^Ajpril 19,1995, bombing that killed • '1 188 people. '•,:.' The prosecution has gone to :-;gteat lengths to try to show »' McVeigh — using the alias Robert i» Kling —- picked up the bomb-car- Ryder truck at Elliott's on 17,1995. Among the witness- the owner of the shop who Identified McVeigh in court. Prosecutors also put heavy emphasis on a Ryder truck key found in an alley where McVeigh allegedly parked his getaway car. That key was traced back to the tj-uck from Elliott's through a key- cutting code on file with Ryder. And prosecutors showed fuzzy surveillance camera footage purporting to show Nichols' pickup Y ABORTION Schwan's Frozen Food Truck Will be in the parking lot at ALCO 1820 S. 9th. TODAY, 3pm - 6pm Ask about our Home Delivery 100% guaranteed We accept food stamps Wanted: new customers morning, afternoon & evening. ACCESSORIES SPECIAL CROUP Shoes restocked daily 2501 Market Place 1 Block South of Magnolia & 9th (AcrossTrom Mid Stale Mall) Ptnoiul Clwcki CLOSEDTUESDAY TO RESTOCK OPEN 10 AM WED. (SUN. 1 PM) The Associated Press Denver police stand watch Thursday across the street from the U.S. Courthouse in Denver where the trial for Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh is being conducted. truck in downtown Oklahoma City around the time he picked up McVeigh from the getaway-car alley. Hupp helps prosecution, too Although this fingerprint testimony helped the defense, other evidence presented by Hupp clearly did not. Hupp, for instance, found McVeigh's fingerprints on a receipt for one ton of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which prosecutors say is the main bomb ingredient. Earlier Thursday, in a courtroom filled with the mangled remains of a Ryder truck, a bombing survivor recalled how she was pinned in the rubble of a day-care center and felt another victim's hand. Speaking softly and fighting tears, Priscilla Salyers said the explosion plunged her from the U.S. Customs Office to the day-care center three floors below, her head and legs pinned beneath broken concrete more than four hours. As she testified, she looked out on a twisted axle and dozens of other truck parts that an earlier witness said came from the Ryder truck McVeigh allegedly rented. "I started trying to dig myself out. I tried to move rocks from beneath me, and when I went like this," she said, showing how she groped around, "there was a hand." After she said that, other bombing survivors in the courtroom whispered, "Oh, God." A defense attorney quickly objected and U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch told her to move on to another subject, leaving it unsaid whose hand it was or that person's fate. Matsch has taken steps throughout the trial to put a lid on the most emotionally incendiary testimony, ordering witnesses to merely stick to the facts. He has especially cracked down on witnesses expressing their feelings about dead friends and colleagues. Salyers ended her testimony by establishing the deaths of two agents in the Customs office, among eight federal agents who died on the job. Proving those deaths is required under federal law to seek the death penalty. Earlier, former Ford engineer Edward Paddock came into court with a sample Ryder truck that was cut into pieces to show jurors the parts. It was matched against the pieces of blackened metal found at the scene. Among the parts he said matched were a crankshaft, two exhaust manifolds, a torque converter and most importantly the rear axle, which contained a vehicle number identifying it as the Ryder truck that McVeigh allegedly rented. "I believe that there was only one vehicle that was used in the Oklahoma City bombing," Paddock said. His findings were not challenged on cross-examination. Jurors stood and craned their necks for better views as Paddock picked up the twisted parts and matched them to the cut-up truck. FBI chemist Ronald Kelly testified that he found two pieces of debris painted in the same yellow and red as the cargo compartment of the Ryder truck. Prosecutors later intend to show that particles of ammonium nitrate were found on the pieces, linking the truck to the bomb. STATE FARM UPDATE WHEN, WHERE, AND How To GET YOUR CLAIM SERVICED. If you're a State Farm Policyholder and your home or car was damaged by hail, it's best to report the damage right away. Call your State Farm agent now for instructions on settling your claim. We do have people out in the field, and they will get to you as soon as possible. Your patience and understanding will be greatly appreciated. STATl fARM INSURANCE LIKK A Goon NEIGHBOR, STATK FARM Is THKRK. STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES HOME OFFICES: BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS Senate rejects proposal to curtail late-term abortions Vote clears way for GOP legislation to ban 'partial birth' abortions By DAVID ESPO The Associated Press WASHINGTON — After a wrenching debate, the Republican-controlled Senate Thursday night killed a proposal to curtail late-term abortions that was backed by many Democrats and a late lobbying effort by the Clinton administration. The vote was 64-36 against a proposal by Democratic Leader Tom Daschle to ban all such abortions except when continuing the pregnancy would threaten a mother's life or risk "grievous injury" to her health. The vote cleared the way for likely final passage next week of GOP-drafted legislation to ban so- called "partial birth" abortions except in cases in which a woman's life is in jeopardy. President Clinton vetoed an identical measure last year and has threatened to do so again. V CONGRESS Daschle said he has found "partial birth" abortions "absolutely abhorrent," yet was hoping for a "completely different approach" to the issue before the Senate that could pass constitutional muster. After the point at which a fetus is able to survive outside the womb, he said, "we don't want to simply abolish one procedure, we want to abolish them all." Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the GOP point man on the issue, countered that Daschle's proposal amounted to a "very broad loophole and will not restrict abortion." He said it would leave doctors in an unchallenged position of deciding when the risk to a woman's health justified an abortion. "If this bill were to become law there would not be one less abortion performed in this country and there would not be one abortion banned in this country," he asserted. Earlier, lawmakers brushed aside a proposal rejecting a ban that provided for greater exceptions than did Daschle's, including cases in which a woman's life was threatened or she would be confronted with "serious adverse health consequences." The vote against that version was 72-28. Abortion foes said the exceptions were so broad the measure would do little to curb abortions after viability, the point at which a fetus could live outside the womb. The House has already passed the GOP "partial birth" measure by more than the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. Senate Republicans are hoping they can do likewise when the roll is called Tuesday. The "partial birth' procedure, more complicated than first- trimester abortions, involves partially extracting a fetus, legs first, through the birth canal, cutting an incision in the barely visible skull base and then draining the skull so the head can fit through the birth canal. Daschle's measure would have banned all types of abortions after a fetus had reached viability — roughly 23 weeks of gestation — rather than the single procedure to be barred under the GOP measure. DAMAG House OKs disaster relief bill By San Francisco Chronicle WASHINGTON — The House approved an $8.4 billion disaster relief bill Thursday that sets up a high-stakes collision between the Republican-led Congress and President Clinton. The bill, which cleared the Senate last week, would send California $2.4 billion for repairs to Yosemite and other flood-stricken areas of the state. It also contains billions in aid for the flooded upper Midwest and tornado damage in Arkansas — $5.5 billion in all to more than 30 states — and $2 billion more for military operations in Bosnia and Iraq. The House passed the bill on a 244-178 vote. But the must-pass legislation also contains controversial provisions that have brought veto threats from the White House, including one that would automatically prevent another government shutdown this fall should Congress and Clinton fail to agree on spending bills. The House passed the anti-shutdown measure on a 227-197 party- line vote Thursday. It would keep the government open in the event of a budget impasse. Effective as of Monday, May 12th, the Central Mall Cinema 4 will be closed temporarily due to expansion and remodeling. The date for the Grand Re- Opeaing of the Central Mall Cinema will be announced shortly. Thank you for your support and cooperation. 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