McVeigh Jurors, Victims Plan Meet
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ While serving on the Denver jury that decided Timothy McVeigh’s fate, Vera Chubb had no idea a neighbor two blocks away had lost his sister in the Oklahoma City bombing.
It was only after jurors’ names were made public after the trial that Steve Taylor, brother of Teresa Lauderdale, introduced himself.
``He asked me my wish and I said, `This is what I want to do: I want to see these people,″ Ms. Chubb said, referring to the victims’ families.
Other members of the jury felt the same way, and in June their wish will come true when all 12 jurors and six alternates visit Oklahoma City.
``I’ve just seen them in spirit, I’ve not seen them in body,″ Ms. Chubb, of Loveland, Colo., told The Daily Oklahoman. ``I’ll always think of them. I’ll always have a special place for all of them.″
The group from Colorado will arrive June 19, nearly a year after they unanimously decided McVeigh should die for his role in the April 19, 1995, bombing in which 168 people died.
During their two-day visit, jurors will meet privately with bombing relatives and survivors and spend some time at the bomb site. They also will see plans for the bombing memorial.
``Our only goal in this thing is to arrange for jurors to meet the victims,″ said Charlie Younger, a bombing survivor who coordinated the reunion effort.
An anonymous donor agreed to pay airfare, and an Oklahoma City hotel donated its rooms.