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Olympic Park bombing suspect answers FBI questions

Refuses new lie detector test

October 8, 1996
Web posted at: 12:30 p.m. EDT (1630 GMT)


From Correspondent Art Harris

ATLANTA (CNN) -- For the first time since he became a suspect in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing case, security guard Richard Jewell has undergone lengthy FBI questioning, but he still refuses to take a new lie detector test, CNN has learned.

Jewell had last answered questions for FBI agents on July 30, one day before the FBI formally announced that he was a suspect and conducted a search of his apartment.

Jewell, accompanied by three lawyers, cooperated fully during a six-hour interview Sunday with federal investigators, the lawyers said. Attorney Lin Wood said Jewell answered all questions but refused a request to take an FBI-administered lie detector test.

"Richard was treated courteously. He answered all their questions. He felt fine after the interview and was more than happy to cooperate with them," said Wood. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office in Atlanta had no comment, but sources confirmed the interview did take place.

Still a suspect

In recent days, investigators had raised the possibility of clearing Jewell if he passed an FBI polygraph test. Jewell's lawyers have maintained they don't trust the FBI test and point out that he already has passed a lie detector test arranged by the attorneys and administered by a former FBI agent.

Jewell's lawyers are hoping authorities will issue a public letter that Jewell is no longer a subject of the bombing investigation. The lawyers say they have no written agreement to that effect. However, sources close to the case said Jewell remains a suspect and that no apology is planned.

The FBI has said that Jewell was not the only suspect. CNN has reported investigators were following at least a half dozen other leads in the July 27 Atlanta bombing that killed one person and wounded 111. A second person died of a related heart attack.

Authorities continue to look through videotapes and photographs shot that night in Centennial Olympic Park. They are also looking for more possible witnesses. One in particular is a white male in his 20s with a thin face and goatee.


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