August 11, 1996 in Nation/World

Clock May Clear Bomb Suspect Record Of 911 Calls Destroys Government Case, Lawyer Says

Associated Press
 

Security guard Richard Jewell couldn’t have made the 911 call warning of a bomb in Olympic Park because he pointed out a suspicious knapsack only a minute before the call was placed from a pay phone three blocks away, his attorney said, citing official phone records.

The timing of the two calls and the distance from the bomb site to the pay phone - at least a five-minute walk through a crowded park - is proof that Jewell didn’t make the call, said attorney Jack Martin.

“From everything I’ve learned about the time line of events, it is impossible,” Martin said Friday. “Therefore, the government’s theory about this case falls apart.”

Immediately after Jewell pointed out the green knapsack that turned out to contain the pipe bomb, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Tom Davis said Friday, he called the park’s bomb squad. That call was logged in at 12:57 a.m.

According to 911 records released earlier this week, the bomb threat was made at 12:58 a.m. and the explosion occurred at 1:20 a.m. as Jewell and other security officers were clearing the area. The July 27 blast killed one woman and injured more than 100 others.

Privately, investigators say Jewell is still being considered a suspect. They said they are awaiting test results on materials taken from the Atlanta apartment Jewell shares with his mother and from his former cabin and shed and former workplace in northern Georgia.

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