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Grand jury calls 6 in Oklahoma City bombing inquiry

Murrah Federal Building July 13, 1997
Web posted at: 11:43 a.m. EDT (1543 GMT)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (CNN) -- An Oklahoma grand jury investigating the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City has subpoenaed six people to testify this week, The Oklahoman newspaper reported Sunday.

Among those called to testify are a state representative who has accused the federal government of covering up what it knows about the bombing, and two men who claim to have seen Timothy McVeigh in the vicinity of the April 19, 1995, bombing.

McVeigh was convicted in federal court on June 2 of setting off the bomb that killed 168 people. He was later sentenced to death. His co-defendant, Terry Nichols, is scheduled to go on trial September 29.

Oklahoma City accountant Glenn Wilburn, who lost two grandsons in the explosion, and Republican state Rep. Charles Key led a petition drive to force a new inquiry into the blast. Key, who received one of this week's subpoenas, and Wilburn don't believe the government is telling the truth about the blast.

"I am anxious for us to win this battle that we have been fighting so long to reveal the truth," Key said. "I am going in there and telling them everything we have prepared and gathered in the last 1 1/2 to 2 years."

Banker Kyle Hunt also confirmed he had been subpoenaed but declined to be interviewed by The Oklahoman. He previously told the FBI that he saw a Ryder truck followed by a car near the federal building about a half hour before the explosion. McVeigh was one of three people in the car, he said.

David Snider, who also said he had been subpoenaed, told The Oklahoman he saw McVeigh and another man in a Ryder truck the morning of the blast. Snider said he believes he knows who the second man was, and believes his life is in danger because of what he knows.

The grand jury also has subpoenaed Dennis Mahon, a self-proclaimed white separatist whose former girlfriend, Carol Howe, an informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, claimed he and another man cased the Oklahoma City federal building. Mahon denies any involvement in the bombing.

V.Z. Lawton, a management specialist for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, told the newspaper he had received a subpoena. He was in the building when the bomb went off. Oscar Johnson, general manager of the company that maintained the elevators in the federal building, also received a subpoena.

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