Unbeknownst to most Americans, a new trial to determine the fate of video footage recorded by security cameras in downtown Oklahoma City prior to 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, is set to begin July 28 in federal court in Salt Lake City. Why a new trial? Because FBI officials have, for more than five years, refused to hand over copies of that footage, and a federal judge seems to have a problem with that.

The plaintiff in the case, Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue, hopes the trial before Judge Clark Waddoups in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division, will resolve his long-running legal battle with the FBI over the videotape footage he believes will help him unravel the mystery surrounding the death of his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, while also shedding light on the identity of the man referred to as “John Doe #2″ during the chaotic days following the bombing. Kenneth Trentadue died under suspicious circumstances while in custody at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City several months after the horrific events unfurled in in downtown Oklahoma City.

Via the Freedom of Information Act, Jesse Trentadue has spent most of the past five years trying to obtain copies of the videotape images captured by more than 20 surveillance cameras operating in the vicinity of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City prior to the detonation of the truck bomb that killed 168 people and injured nearly 700 others.


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