The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on September 12, 1997 · 117
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The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 117

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Friday, September 12, 1997
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Grand Jury Hears of Terror 'Hunch' THE DAILY OKLAHOMAN Friday, September 12, 1997 7 A cjfller to the U.S. Secret Service four days before the Okla- . homa City bombing. said "he had a hunch that there was a terrorist threat," but such calls are not unusual, a source told The Oklahoman. Oklahoma County grand jurors Thursday heard from a third witness about the 8:30 a.m. call received by Opal's Answering Service in Oklahoma City. The caller's name and telephone number were given to the county grand jurors investigating conspiracy theories in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building. The explosion killed 168 people. Timothy McVeigh, 29, was convicted June 2 and sentenced to die for the bombing. The trial of bombing defendant Terry Nichols, 42, is scheduled to start Sept. 29. The caller did not give a time or place of the terrorist threat, the source said. There was no mention of a bomb by the caller, the source said. "He indicated he had been up all night with a hunch," the source said. The Secret Service has had a contract with Opal's Answering Service since 1974. The Secret Service receives four to six telephone calls a week Judge Refuses To Bar Subpoena Of Ex-Reporter By Ed Godfrey : Staff Writer A judge on Thursday refused to quash a subpoena requiring former KFOR-TV reporter Jay-na Davis to testify before the Oklahoma County grand jury investigating the Murrah bombing. In June 1995, Davis aired a report linking an Iraqi then living in Oklahoma City with the bombing. Al-Hussaini Hussain sued KFOR in Oklahoma County District Court, saying the station fingered him as John Doe 2. Hussain was not named, but attorneys claimed he was identified through "innuendo." Hussain dropped the lawsuit in April. Davis was subpoenaed to testify today. On Thursday, her attorney, A. Daniel Woska, asked Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Burkett to prevent her from appearing, based on "newsman's privilege" under state law. Davis claimed her stories involved sources who said they saw "a certain individual either in the company of Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City prior to the bombing, or in other circumstances suggesting he might be John Doe No. 2." Davis claims those reports were based on confidential sources and information that has never been broadcast. Davis and the witnesses she spoke with have been threatened as a result of her investigation, Woska told the judge. Patrick Morgan, the prosecutor advising the grand jury, argued Davis waived her newsman privilege by voluntarily disclosing certain information to law enforcement. Morgan also said the grand jury should hear about any threats. "If she has information about who gave these threats, I think the jury has the right to hear that kind of testimony," Morgan said. Burkett agreed. Woska told the judge that Davis did not know who made the threats. Davis, who is seven months pregnant, did not appear Thursday because she was ill, Woska said. Burkett ruled Davis must appear as a witness, but told both sides to attempt to determine in advance what testimony may be privileged. Her testimony is expected to be postponed until next week. Davis left KFOR in March and is not working in television, Woska said. He would not say whether she quit or was fired. In July, KFOR sued Davis and her husband, Drew Davis, in Oklahoma County District Court. The station accuses the couple of wrongfully removing videotapes and outtakes of news stories Jayna Davis had done. Woska confirmed the videotapes in question are the John Doe 2 stories. KFOR alleges it owns the tapes. The Davises contend they purchased the tapes and recorded them on their own equipment. 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Meanwhile, a Grand Prairie, Texas, witness who testified Wednesday told reporters he stayed another day in Oklahoma to confront state Attorney General Drew Edmondson over statements he made challenging the credibility of witnesses claiming to have seen John Doe 2. After McVeigh's sentencing, Edmondson said, in his experience, witnesses who are not called in a trial would give testimony that was not credible or conflicted with other evidence. Dennis Rodney Johnson, 32, said he wanted to meet with Edmondson and Gov. Frank Keating "so that in the future when they made such statements, they would actually know who they were talking about." Johnson met with Edmondson and said he was promised that Keating would meet with him on another day. Gerald Adams, Ed-mondson's spokesman, said the attorney general told Johnson he was sorry his comments were taken personally. Johnson said he accepted Edmondson's apology but still objected to Edmondsbn's comments. 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