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FBI asks Jewell to take lie detector test

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September 26, 1996
Web posted at: 7:45 p.m. EDT

From Correspondent Art Harris

ATLANTA (CNN) -- The FBI has asked former security guard Richard Jewell to take a lie detector test as part of its probe of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, CNN learned Thursday. The results could clear Jewell of any suspicion, if he passes, agents said.

Jewell, who found the knapsack containing the pipe bomb and helped clear the area, initially was hailed as a hero. But he later was named as a suspect. Jewell already has taken a lie detector test administered by a former FBI polygraph expert who was hired by his attorneys.

The lawyers said in August that Jewell passed that test, and they are hesitant to put him at risk by agreeing to the latest FBI request for fear the agency might do something such as declare the results were inconclusive.

"We're not prepared to give the FBI an easy way out of a problem they've created for themselves," one of the lawyers told CNN.


But a government source explained, "We're not trying to railroad anybody. We just want to get at the truth."

Jewell has maintained his innocence.

Law enforcement sources tell CNN that while Jewell remains one of several suspects in the case, there is no physical evidence linking him to the July 27 explosion that killed one person and wounded more than 100.


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