McVeigh Team Says Govt. Withheld Conspiracy Evidence
Updated: Tue, Jun 05 6:09 PM EDT
DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh charged on Tuesday that the government withheld evidence that there were other people besides McVeigh and his army friend Terry Nichols involved in the bombing conspiracy that killed 168 people.
In papers filed in advance of a Federal Court hearing on Wednesday on whether McVeigh's scheduled June 11 execution should be stayed, McVeigh's four lawyers also alleged that federal law enforcement officers were told by informants about the bombing "several days or weeks before it occurred" on April 19, 1995.
The attorneys said the government had perpetrated a fraud on the court and added: "The fraud pointed to by the evidence thus far known to counsel for Mr. McVeigh is that the government misled the court concerning the persons responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing.
"Specifically, counsel believes that the government --- at least some FBI agents -- knew ... that other people in addition to Mr. McVeigh and Mr. Nichols were responsible for the bombing."
Federal Judge Richard Matsch is to consider a request by McVeigh for a stay of execution so that his lawyers can examine 4,000 pages of evidence that was withheld by the defense.