Timothy McVeigh's trial moved into a second day Tuesday with one prospective juror saying she has already made up her mind about his guilt and another saying he should "pay for his crime" if he is convicted.
So far, seven prospects have been interviewed, and all have expressed strong opinions about the highly publicized case in which McVeigh is accused in the Oklahoma City bombing that left 168 people dead and hundreds injured.Six prospects have said they would be willing to recommend the death penalty should McVeigh be convicted. Three admitted they were reluctant to serve at all. Jurors are only being identified by numbers.
No. 414, a middle-aged woman who works with learning disabled children, expressed reservations about the death penalty but said she would be willing to recommend it for such a heinous crime.
"If he has done this . . . you pay for your crime," she said.
Earlier, McVeigh's attorney, Stephen Jones, asked Juror No. 851, "As you sit here today, you believe he's guilty based on what you've read?"
"Yes sir," said the woman, a mother with a 4-year-old child. She said earlier she has avoided news reports since receiving her jury summons.
Among the spectators in the front row were McVeigh's divorced parents, Bill Mc-Veigh of Pendleton, N.Y., and Mildred Frazer of Fort Pierce, Fla. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch agreed to allow them to view the trial even though they may be witnesses.
Tom Kight, whose stepdaughter, Frankie Merrill, died in the bombing, told reporters he sympathized with the defendant's father.
"This could have been one of our children," Kight said. "We have to have some compassion, not for McVeigh the son, but for the father."
The exhaustive interrogation of potential jurors has covered their views of not only the death penalty and news coverage of the case but opinions about the American government, the justice system and even the O.J. Simpson trial.