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Friends, former co-workers aroused FBI suspicions of Jewell

Affidavit shows suspicions used to obtain search warrant

October 28, 1996
Web posted at: 11:15 a.m. EST

ATLANTA (CNN) -- Tips that security guard Richard Jewell had once been a zealous college cop and received bomb training while a county deputy sheriff reportedly were used by the FBI to obtain a search warrant for his apartment in the aftermath of the July 27 Olympic park bombing.

Sources told CNN that the affidavit used to obtain the warrant contained an assortment of suspicions from friends, former co-workers and law enforcement agents who worked with Jewell at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.

Points reportedly included in the affidavit:

  • Jewell issued a high number of traffic tickets as a zealous campus cop at a small Georgia college.
  • As a deputy sheriff in Georgia's Habersham County, he received some bomb training.
  • He was absent from his post in the park for about 10 minutes the evening the bomb went off, but sources said he was merely using the restroom.
  • He lobbied to keep his job as a guard at the AT&T lighting tower when it looked like he might be transferred.
  • Someone who remembered Jewell as cool in a crisis situation thought he appeared nervous in his first television interview on CNN the day after the bombing.

Jewell's attorneys told CNN the affidavit is filled with "distortions and half-truths."

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