FBI Fights Order For Deposition Of Oklahoma City Bombing Conspirator

"... Attorney Jesse Trentdue is seeking to show that his brother Kenneth, a convicted bank robber picked up on a parole violation, was mistaken for an associate of Timothy McVeigh's and killed during an interrogation that got out of hand. ..."

Terry Nichols

David Goodhue - AHN Reporter
November 9, 2008

Denver, CO (AHN) - Justice Department attorneys are trying to stop a Utah lawyer from interviewing convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols and a death row inmate.

The FBI said this week that it disagrees with U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball's decision in September to allow Nichols and David Paul Hammer to make a videotaped interview regarding the case and the death of Kenneth Trentdue.

The Justice Department filed notice Nov. 4 that it is asking the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to reverse Kimball's order.

Attorney Jesse Trentdue is seeking to show that his brother Kenneth, a convicted bank robber picked up on a parole violation, was mistaken for an associate of Timothy McVeigh's and killed during an interrogation that got out of hand.

McVeigh carried out the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. He was executed in 2001.

Kenneth Trentdue died at the Federal Transfer Station in Oklahoma City a few months after McVeigh and Nichols were arrested for their roles in the bombing. The government says Kenneth Trentdue committed suicide.

Nichols and Hammer, who is on death row at the federal penitentiary at Terre Haute, Ind., have both supplied Jesse Trentdue with written affidavits concerning McVeigh.

Nichols is serving a life sentence at the U.S. Penitentiary Administration Maximum Security Facility in Florence, Colo. He is now claiming a high-ranking FBI official "apparently" was directing McVeigh in the bombing plot, the Salt Lake Tribune reported this week.

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