300 WANT to see telecast of McVeigh execution

Wednesday, May 2nd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Three hundred Oklahoma City bombing survivors and victims' family members have said they want to attend a closed-circuit broadcast of Timothy McVeigh's execution, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Attorney General John Ashcroft has authorized a private broadcast of the execution to be shown at a federal prison facility in Oklahoma City to accommodate victims and family members. McVeigh is scheduled to die May 16 for the bombing.

About 285 people had said they wanted to view the execution; only 10 seats for victim witnesses are allowed at the execution, which will be carried out at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Bureau of Prisons had said it would make seats available for all victims wanting to attend the closed-circuit broadcast. About 3,000 victims and family members were notified.

The prison bureau is also reserving an area at the Terre Haute prison for victims and families that want to be at the facility for the execution, but won't see it happen. The Justice Department said 10 people have said they intend to take advantage of that offer.