Trucker detained after trying to leave Bible for McVeigh

Friday, March 9th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Terre Haute, Indiana-AP) -- A bizarre incident involving Timothy McVeigh.

Authorities say a Georgia trucker drove his rig onto the grounds of the Indiana federal prison where McVeigh is being held -- and tried to leave a Bible for the Oklahoma City bomber.

Prison guards detained Steve Schlafer Tuesday before he was released.

McVeigh is scheduled to be executed May 16th for the 1995 bombing, which killed 168 people and injured more than 500.

Schlafer said he was making deliveries in the area and arrived at the prison expecting to drop off the Bible at a guard shack. Not seeing one, he drove onto prison grounds and entered an office.

The trucker says he recently became a born-again Christian and that he thought giving McVeigh the Bible would be a ``nice, kind, human gesture.''

A prison official says ``no trespassing'' signs are clearly visible. Guards confiscated the Bible for security reasons.

Schlafer was given a 76-dollar ticket for not having his truck's log book up to date.