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Tuesday, 22 May, 2001, 13:00 GMT 14:00 UK
McVeigh's legal team beefed up
Timothy McVeigh
The decision on how to proceed still lies with McVeigh
The legal team advising convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh has expanded in an attempt to meet a deadline for it to examine new evidence presented by the FBI.

The revelation that the FBI did not hand over thousands of documents to the defence team at the time of McVeigh's trial prompted a postponement of his execution, which was scheduled for 16 May.

Richard Burr, a renowned death penalty opponent, and Chris Tritico, both of whom were members of McVeigh's trial team, are now helping lawyers examine McVeigh's possible moves.


He is keeping his options open and will make an informed decision

McVeigh's lawyers

His lawyers said on Monday that McVeigh was "keeping his options open" and would make "an informed decision" at a later date.

'Rights violated'

Experts say that McVeigh's lawyers could seek a further delay in the execution to give them more time to review the documents, or file a court motion arguing that McVeigh's rights were violated.

McVeigh is now scheduled to die by lethal injection on 11 June.

The defence team is trying to determine if the new documents provide an opportunity to challenge its client's conviction and death sentence for the bombing.

But legal experts have said the newly disclosed documents are unlikely to overturn McVeigh's conviction.

Document error

But some legal experts have said that the documents do not contain evidence that would likely overturn McVeigh's conviction.

The 33-year-old is on death row at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, after being convicted of the April 1995 bombing of the Alfred P Murrah federal building that killed 168 people and wounded hundreds.

The FBI has said that the document error occurred because of a problem of co-ordination between the FBI's field offices and the bombing command post in Oklahoma City.

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Profile: Timothy McVeigh
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