(DENVER, Colo.) – A former federal marshal is in legal trouble for a romance with an alternate juror in the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Benny Bailey, who is retired after 29 years as a deputy U.S. marshal, agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to one count of making a false statement. Federal prosecutors said that he lied during a hearing about the relationship, saying that he and Mary Karen Munoz had dinner together and talked on the telephone a few times when in fact they had a sexual relationship.
Bailey is free on his own recognizance. No date has been set for his formal plea.
A federal judge ruled after that hearing that the romance had no bearing on McVeigh’s conviction because Munoz never participated in deliberations. McVeigh’s trial was held in Colorado because of the overwhelming publicity in Oklahoma, where 167 people were killed in the bombing of the federal building.