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Source: Strand of hair found in Olympic park bomb debris

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FBI will let grand jury weigh all evidence

August 7, 1996
Web posted at: 10:00 p.m. EDT

ATLANTA (CNN) -- Investigators examining debris from the pipe bombing at Centennial Olympic Park found a hair, which they were comparing with hair samples from security guard Richard Jewell, a source told CNN Wednesday.

Agents didn't know whether the hair was from a victim or the bomber, the source said. Jewell, who alerted police to the knapsack containing the bomb, is a suspect but hasn't been arrested or charged.

The FBI also have taken Jewell's hand prints, including fingerprints and palm prints, but there is no indication any of his fingerprints have been found on evidence.

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Once all the evidence is collected, it will be presented to a grand jury. Jewell won't be arrested unless the grand jury returns an indictment.

Agents returned to the downtown Atlanta park Wednesday and searched the ground on their hands and knees. They also dismantled the sound and lighting tower at the AT&T pavilion that was producing the outdoor concert in progress when the bomb exploded, killing one woman and injuring more than 100 revelers.

Jack Martin, Jewell's criminal lawyer, said investigators are "very open to someone else as the bomber." Martin told CNN's Art Harris he met with U.S. Attorney Kent Alexander late Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta.

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"He said, 'Jack, if your client didn't do it, we want to find out as fast as we can, so we can move on to another suspect,'" Martin said.

Alexander couldn't be reached for comment.

Martin also said he won't file any motions to unseal the search warrant used to scour Jewell's Atlanta apartment and other places he frequented. He said case law doesn't support such a motion being granted before an indictment is delivered.

The attorney said he's concerned about "rumor, hearsay, all sorts of stuff" in the motion that could further contaminate the court of public opinion against his client, who maintains his innocence.

Doubts client will be charged

From his dealings with the U.S. attorney and the FBI, Martin said he has no indication the government has enough evidence to file criminal charges against Jewell, who was considered a hero after the bombing.

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"Clearly, I've gotten the impression nothing is about to happen," Martin said.

He also disputed some media accounts portraying Jewell as a publicity hound who courted the media in the wake of his hero status.

Martin said the media requested interviews with Jewell. The attorney said AT&T's public relations staff, whose pavilion Jewell was guarding, responded to those requests. They made Jewell available and escorted him everywhere.

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Some accounts have said FBI agents found shrapnel and other relics from the park bombing while searching Jewell's apartment. Investigators told Harris that collecting such souvenirs raises questions about Jewell and his possible involvement.

But Martin scoffed at such a notion, telling CNN that a number of security guards carried off pieces of the blown-up fence, and that his client had no bomb parts.

"A lot of police took that stuff as souvenirs," Martin said. "After the FBI left, it was no longer a crime scene. All these things are just theories drawn from facts that don't add up."

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