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PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS OF PETITIONER-DEFENDANT,
TIMOTHY JAMES McVEIGH AND BRIEF IN SUPPORT
MARCH 25, 1997

V. THE "OTHERS UNKNOWN" TO THE GRAND JURY.

The theory of the prosecution in this case, not the Grand Jury's theory, is
that the two named Defendants constructed a simple device capable of
toppling a nine-story building at a public fishing lake and that one of them
transported this device over two hundred miles without blowing himself up.
That is the heart of the prosecution's case. Any evidence concerning the
participation of others, the complexity of the device, or foreign
involvement takes away the heart of the government's case and there is
therefore an institutional interest on the part of the government in keeping
such evidence shielded from the defense and the public. But unfortunately
for the government such evidence exists. One of the core allegations in the
Indictment is that Timothy McVeigh rented a Ryder truck at Elliott's Body
Shop in Junction City, Kansas. The evidence, however, negates McVeigh's
presence and suggests instead the presence of two other suspects.

A. Elliot's Body Shop.

The government's theory is that Timothy McVeigh rented a Ryder truck from
Elliott's Body Shop using the name "Robert Kling." However, three employees
of Elliott's Body Shop each informed the FBI that "Kling" was accompanied by
another man. Eldon Elliott met Robert Kling on Saturday, April 15, 1995, at
approximately 8:45 a.m. See D.E. 1081 Exhibit "D." On this day, Kling was by
himself, gave Elliott $281 to rent the truck, and told Elliott that he would
pick the truck up on Monday at about 4:00 p.m. When Kling came into Elliot's
on Monday there was, according to Elliott, a second individual with him. Id.
at 2. Elliott described the person with Kling as a white male, 5'7" to 5'8",
and wearing a white cap with blue stripes that headed front to back. He
described Kling as a white male, 5'10" to 5'11", 180 to 185 lbs., with a
medium build. Id.

Vicki Beemer, then the bookkeeper and counter clerk at Elliott's, told the
FBI on the day of the bombing that a contract to rent a truck was executed
on Monday, April 17, 1995 with Robert Kling. Id. (Exhibit "A"). She verified
that Kling had reserved the truck and prepaid the contract with cash. Beemer
told the FBI that she recalled a second person accompanying Kling but that
she had no specific recollection of that individual. She stated that while
she processed the contract another employee named Tom Kessenger was sitting
in the office watching. Id. 

Kessenger initially told the FBI that two males came into Elliott's and
initiated a conversation with Vicki Beemer concerning a rental truck. See
D.E. 3240 at 7, 10 (Hearing on Motions to Suppress Eyewitness
Identification--Volume I, February 18, 1997). Kessenger stated that Robert
Kling was accompanied by the individual that later became known worldwide as
John Doe 2. Id. at 10. He described this person as wearing a black t-shirt,
jeans, and a ball cap colored Royal blue in the front and white in the back.
Id. at 11. He also stated that John Doe 2 had a tattoo on his upper left
arm. However, Kessinger has testified that a year and half after he first
saw John Doe 2 at Elliott's Body Shop, the government convinced him that he
had made a mistake and identified another person who rented a truck on April
18, 1995. Id. at 15-16. He described Kling as 5'10", weighing 175 to 185
lbs., green or brown eyes, and with a rough complexion or acne. Id. at 9;
D.E. 1458 (Exhibit "F)."

Although Elliott and Kessenger may have been describing the same person they
saw and knew as Robert Kling--it is clear that neither was describing
Timothy McVeigh. At the time that McVeigh was booked into the Noble County
Jail on April 21, 1995, he weighed 160 lbs., stood 6'2", his eyes were blue,
and his complexion was clear. See D.E. 1457 at 6.

In addition, the government and defense both have, and it has been
referenced in open court proceedings, a video tape of the accused at
McDonald's on I-70 in Junction City, a mile and a third away from Elliott's
Body Shop. The accused is seen at McDonald's between 3:55 and 4:00 p.m.
wearing clothes completely different from those ascribed to Robert Kling.
The accused is supposed to have traveled the 1.3 miles on foot, in less than
20 minutes, and somehow or the other along the road, changed clothes.

B. Oklahoma City Eyewitness.

The government has announced that it will not call a single identification
witness from Oklahoma City. The government has declined to do so for a very
good reason--all of them undercut the government's theory of the case;
perhaps none more so than the dramatic story of a young woman who was
trapped in the rubble of the Murrah Building, had to have a leg amputated,
and lost her mother and two children in the bombing. Her sister was also
injured but survived. See D.E. 2191 (Exhibit "Y"). She was first interviewed
by the FBI on May 3, 1995, at the hospital and then again on May 21, 1995.
She was also interviewed by the Defendant and several reporters. Her story
is consistent in all accounts. She stated that she left her home in Oklahoma
City at approximately 7:15 a.m. on the morning of April 19, 1995, to go 
to the Social Security Office. She went with her mother, two children, 
and her sister. Id.

She recalled standing in the lobby of the Social Security Office in the
Murrah Building near a large window facing Fifth Street when she looked out
the lobby window and saw a Ryder truck pull into a parking place in front of
the building between two cars. After the truck parked, she then observed an
individual exit the passenger side of the Ryder truck and start walking
away. She stated that she observed a side view of the person and described
him as an olive-skinned (he looked also like he was tanned), white male,
wearing a baseball cap with black, clean cut hair, with a slim build and
also wearing jeans and a jacket. She observed the man walking very fast,
heading west, toward Harvey Street. Id.

The next thing she remembered was feeling what she described as electricity
running through her body and then falling into rocks. While she was in the
hospital convalescing from her injuries, the FBI showed her a sketch
consisting of frontal view of a man wearing a hat--John Doe 2. She told the
FBI that the unknown male that she saw looked similar to the man in the
sketch. D.E. 2191 (Exhibit "Y" at 2).

C. Jeff Davis.

The government contends that "Robert Kling," the same person who rented the
Ryder truck from Elliott's Body Shop and who is alleged to have been Timothy
McVeigh, placed an order for Chinese food at the Hunam Palace Restaurant in
Junction City, Kansas, on April 15, 1995. D.E. 2166 at 13. The telephone
call to the restaurant allegedly originated from room # 25 at the Dreamland
Motel which was the room allegedly occupied by a guest who claimed to be
Timothy James McVeigh.

The restaurtant [sic] dispatched a delivery driver, Jeff Davis, to deliver
the order to room # 25 at the Dreamland Motel. Davis has been interviewed
several times by the FBI and has consistently maintained that the person he
delivered the food to was not Timothy McVeigh. See D.E. 2482 at 10, Exhibit
"P." Davis has described the person to whom he delivered the food order as
having hair that was "unkept." Timothy McVeigh, a decorated Gulf War
veteran, keeps his hair short and neat. Davis recalled that the person at
the Dreamland had a very slight overbite. Timothy McVeigh does not have an
overbite. Davis recalled that the person at the Dreamland had a regional
accent, possibly from Oklahoma, Kansas or Missouri. Timothy McVeigh was born
and raised in New York. Davis has stated to the FBI point blank that the
person he saw and heard at the Dreamland Motel four days before the bombing
of the Murrah Building was not Timothy McVeigh. In addition, although the
government contends that Timothy McVeigh occupied room # 25 at the Dreamland
Motel, his fingerprints were not found in the room. D.E. 2482 (Exhibit "GG"). 

In addition, there is evidence that a Ryder truck was seen at the Dreamland
Motel-only it was seen on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1995, by at least four
witnesses, Eric and Lea McGown, David King, and King's mother--one day prior
to Monday, April 17, 1995, the date the government alleges that Timothy
McVeigh and John Doe 2, using the name "Robert Kling," rented a Ryder truck
from Elliott's Body Shop. D.E. 2191 at 36-37. The date is indelible in the
memory of Lea McGown, the manager of the Dreamland Motel, because she leaves
her hotel only twice a year--at Christmas and Easter. April 16, 1995 was
Easter Sunday. Id. None of the individuals have been interviewed by the
Defendant, but several have been interviewed by the media and their
statements are a matter of public record.

D. Frederick Schlender.

The government alleges that Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh purchased two
tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer from a farm cooperative in McPherson,
Kansas. See Indictment at 3, 4. The government's theory is that the 4,000
lbs. of ammonium nitrate purchased at the McPherson Co-Op was used as a
component of the bomb that destroyed the Murrah Building. See D.E. 2166 at 9
(Hersely Grand Jury at 45). Two separate purchases are alleged--one on
September 30, 1994 and another on October 18, 1994. See Indictment at 34.

Frederick Schlender was employed at the McPherson Co-Op during the time of
the purchases of the ammonium nitrate. See F. Schlender Grand Jury
Transcripts at 6-9. No employee at the Co-Op is able to describe the
individuals who made the September 30, 1994, purchase. In his interviews
with the FBI and in his testimony in open court, Schlender was able to
recall the two men who made the purchase on October 18, 1994, as well as the
vehicle used to transport the ammonuim [sic] nitrate. D.E. 3263 at 606 07.
He recalled that the purchase was made by two men driving a pickup truck
with a red trailer hitched on the back. Although he gave a description of
the pickup truck that was inconsistent with the truck owned at the time by
Terry Nichols, and neither Defendant owned or used a red trailer, he was
able to recall that the driver of the truck may have been Terry Nichols,
but stated unequivocally that neither the driver nor the passenger was
Timothy McVeigh. D.E. 3263 at 613, 659. The witness testified to the same
facts at an open court hearing.

The government claims to have a receipt with Tim McVeigh's fingerprints on
it. This receipt allegedly is for the purchase of ammonium nitrate. Leaving
aside the question that it is highly debated whether the bomb in fact was
made of ammonium nitrate, since clearly Mr. McVeigh was not present when the
ammonium nitrate was purchased, it is possible it was purchased by Terry
Nichols for innocent reasons (the government has evidence that Terry Nichols
packaged ammonium nitrate in small bags and sold them at gun shows) and that
Mr. McVeigh, an acknowledged friend of Mr. Nichols, may have in fact
innocently touched or handled the receipt.

E. Legal Significance of the Existence of "Others Unknown." 

Even if, for purposes of this Petition, one assumes that Terry Nichols was
involved in the planning and/or commission of this crime, there are possibly
as many as four others still unknown. The identities of these persons may be
the difference between a conviction and an acquittal in this case, are
literally a matter of life and death, are not explained by the government,
and the defense believes that, in light of the massive federal resources
devoted to this case by the government, the government possesses information
which would shed light on the identities of these persons. But absent a
direct court order compelling the government and its agencies to produce the
information to the defense, the truth will never be known. The bureaucratic
instinct for self-preservation and the institutional pressures for a neat
and tidy conviction in this case ensure that, in the absence of coercion
from this Court, information vital to the defense will simply never see the
light of day.









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PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS OF PETITIONER-DEFENDANT,
TIMOTHY JAMES McVEIGH AND BRIEF IN SUPPORT
MARCH 25, 1997