Go to Main Story

Go to Oklahoma Bombing Page


Go to Today's Top News

Go to National Section

Go to Home Page



Descriptions of Bomb Trial Jurors

By The Associated Press
Monday, June 2, 1997 3:21 pm EDT

Descriptions of the jurors in the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh:

1. A grandmother who said she watched some of the television coverage of the bombing, crying and praying for victims. She remembered seeing McVeigh being escorted out of the Noble County, Okla., jail in an orange jumpsuit. ``I felt very sorry for him ... for such a young man to waste his life.'' She is a Missouri Synod Lutheran.

2. A woman who teaches learning-disabled children and said she is a ``soft touch'' for children and favors rehabilitation for offenders. She said McVeigh ``looks like a nice kid. ... It's overwhelming for me to think that this person who looks like the average type of person could do such a thing.''

3. A transit agency landscaper who said he is a sports fan, and doesn't follow the news. He said he was moved by the plight of the children in the bombing. ``It's kind of hard to take when you see children die.'' When he heard fertilizer was one of the bomb ingredients, he asked his boss whether the fertilizer they use was dangerous.

4. A retired Sears employee who interrupted the judge during questioning to offer her opinions about the death penalty -- she's in favor of its limited use. She also drew chuckles when she poked fun at Rush Limbaugh.

5. A Vietnam veteran and former appliance salesman who is working in real estate. He had some reservations about the death penalty, but said there should be some exceptions, such as a crime of passion.

6. A computer technician said he gave both clothing and food to the bombing relief effort as part of his company's effort. He said he believed McVeigh was ``a likely suspect, yes. That he's guilty or not guilty, no.'' He attended counseling sessions after he was charged with assault in an altercation with a roommate.

7. A registered nurse with three daughters was worried about serving on the jury because her employer, a non-profit agency, would not pay her salary. She said she heard the suspects had a link to the Waco raid, and that ``the individuals charged with the crime are of the white supremacists' belief.'' She said she could set aside her feelings to hear the case.

8. A married maintenance worker for a grocery store chain who said he reads the Bible once a week. Several years ago, he was working on a car when his son managed to start it up and it backed up, injuring a little girl. He remembered some details of the bombing, including McVeigh's escort from the jail and the Ryder truck.

9. A government housing property manager who is a Methodist said society believes that the death penalty is acceptable punishment for some offenses. He said he wasn't sure that accomplices are acceptable witnesses. He said he is losing his hearing from attending so many Grateful Dead concerts.

10. A young restaurant employee who graduated from college and once worked in a stockbroker's office. She moved to Colorado from Minnesota. She said she followed news of the bombing and rescue effort. She said she ``could live with herself'' if she had to impose her death penalty. ``If someone is going to take another person's life, they are in essence forfeiting their own.''

11. An engineer who is the son of a career Air Force man and was born in the Netherlands. He attended college in Arizona and Wyoming and reads The Wall Street Journal. He said the death penalty is acceptable in some instances.

12. A computer programmer who works on contract with the Air Force and is a retired Air Force veteran. He is married with two daughters. He listens sporadically to radio talk shows, including Limbaugh. He said the death penalty is ``a viable means of punishment for certain crimes. It should not be rendered lightly.''

© Copyright 1997 The Associated Press

Back to the top