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Descriptions and identities of the jurors who convicted Ti

June 15, 1997

DENVER (AP) _ Descriptions and identities of the jurors who convicted Timothy McVeigh and sentenced him to death for the Oklahoma City bombing. Their comments were made during jury selection:

1. Vera Chubb: A Loveland woman who said she watched some 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. Martha Hite: A Denver-area 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. John Candelaria: A Regional Transportation District landscaper who said he is a sports fan, and doesn’t follow the news. A single father, 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. Ruth Meier: A retired Sears employee from New Jersey who lives in the Denver suburb of Broomfield. During questioning, she interrupted the judge to offer her opinions about the death penalty _ she’s in favor of it in limited use. She also drew chuckles when she poked fun at Rush Limbaugh.

5. Mike Leeper: A Vietnam veteran who is a former appliance salesman who is working in real estate. He said he could set aside his feelings about the war to sit on the jury. He had some reservations about the death penalty, but said there should be some exceptions, such as a crime of passion.

6. David Gilger: 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. Diane Faircloth: A Denver-area 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, Texas, 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. Doug Carr: A married maintenance worker for a Fort Collins chain called Steele Grocery. He 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. Roger Brown: A Denver-area government housing property manager who is a Methodist. He 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. Tonya Stedman: 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 the death penalty. ``If someone is going to take another person’s life, they are in essence forfeiting their own.″

11. Jim Osgood: Selected as foreman. 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. ``Each case would have to be viewed in terms of that case.″

12. Fred Clarke: 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.″

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