Trial over Oklahoma bombing video concludes
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A four-day trial to determine if the FBI has done an adequate search for additional videos of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing has come to a close in Salt Lake city.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups didn't issue a ruling Thursday. Instead, he requested final court briefs summarizing arguments from both sides: FBI attorneys and Jesse Trentadue, the Utah man who filed the lawsuit against the federal agency.
A ruling is likely months away.
The FBI on Thursday capped off its attempt to persuade Waddoups that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos by bringing witnesses who testified that there have never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off.
Trentadue says he still believes there is a video showing McVeigh was not alone in detonating the bomb.
OKLAHOMA BOMBING-VIDEO-WITNESS TAMPERING
Witness tampering alleged in Oklahoma bomb trial
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge in Utah has ordered an FBI agent to court next month to respond to allegations that he tampered with a witness who backed out of testifying in a trial about Oklahoma City bombing videos.
Utah lawyer Jesse Trentadue told U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups this week that former government operative John Matthews decided not to testify after the FBI agent contacted him and pressured him not to do so.
Attorney Kathryn Wyer said Thursday that the FBI in Utah gave her a much different version of events. Wyer said John Matthews reached out to the agency to ask how he could get out of testifying.
Waddoups says the allegation is too serious to ignore. He set a court date of August 25th for the agent to testify.
CELL TOWER COLLAPSE-CITATION
Company cited for fatal W.Va. cell tower collapse
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Federal officials have cited an Oklahoma company after two cellphone towers collapsed in West Virginia and killed three people.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it cited S and S Communication Specialists Inc. for two serious violations stemming from the February incident at Clarksburg.
Officials say the company was modifying a cellular communication tower when the tower fell and weakened a second tower, which also collapsed. Two company employees and a volunteer firefighter died. Two other people suffered serious injuries.
OSHA assessed a $7,000 penalty for each violation. The company has 15 business days to respond.
No one at the company could be reached Thursday night. In February, a company official said S and S was saddened by the accident and was cooperating with investigators.
1 killed when container falls onto vehicle
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City police say one person was killed when a shipping container was knocked from an Oklahoma National Guard vehicle and landed on a pickup truck.
Captain Dexter Nelson says the metal bin carrying weightlifting equipment was on a trailer as it went under a railroad overpass and the bin struck the overpass and rolled onto the pickup. Nelson said investigators found no significant damage to the bridge. He said he didn't know how high the overpass is above street level.
The name of the person killed was not immediately known.
National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Lindy White said a soldier was driving the vehicle hauling the bin.
White called the crash a "tragic accident" and said there is there is nothing else she can say while police investigate.
OKLAHOMA GIRLS KILLED
Oklahoma man pleads guilty in girls' deaths
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) - A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road, but who wasn't arrested until after being questioned in his fiancée's death three years later, has pleaded guilty in both cases.
Kevin Sweat pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of first-degree murder. He'd been scheduled to go on trial Monday.
The mysterious deaths of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker went cold shortly after their bodies were found in 2008. The girls were fatally shot as they walked down a road near Weleetka.
Sweat wasn't arrested in the case after being questioned in the 2011 death of his fiancée, Ashley Taylor.
Prosecutors had sought the death penalty against Sweat but dropped plans after he agreed to waive his right to a jury trial.
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