Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Grilling of Mcveigh Jurors Centers on Death Penalty

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Grilling of Mcveigh Jurors Centers on Death Penalty

Article excerpt

A prospective juror looked across the courtroom at Timothy McVeigh on Tuesday and said he could not believe that the young man with the buzz cut, blue oxford shirt and quick smile could be a terrorist bomber.

"He looks like a nice kid," said the middle-aged woman. "It's overwhelming for me to think that this person who looks like the average type of person could do such a thing."

But she said she could still recommend death for whoever was responsible for the explosion on April 19, 1995, that tore apart the Oklahoma City federal building and killed 168 people, including 19 children. Her appearance gave way to the afternoon's heady questioning of one of the more colorful jury prospects: a philosophy professor who said he was willing to consider the death penalty "just as I'm willing to consider that we're all just dreaming." The professor, a devout Roman Catholic and Rush Limbaugh fan, dazzled and dismayed the judge and attorneys with his highbrow - and sometimes tart - answers. …

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