TULSA - A lawsuit opened today in Salt Lake City, the next step in a man's quest to determine if his brother's death was somehow connected to the Oklahoma City bombing, and whether the federal government has proof that someone besides Timothy McVeigh was there that fateful day in 1995.
Jesse Trentadue filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking surveillance videos he believes will show a second man with McVeigh when he parked a rental truck filled with homemade explosives outside the Murrah Federal Building April 19th of that year.
A U.S. District Judge, Clark Waddoupe, has allowed the case to go forward because the agency can't explain why it can't - or won't - produce tapes that are mentioned in evidence logs.
Trentadue believes his brother, who was flown to Oklahoma a few months after the bombing, may have been beaten to death in attempt to get more information about the infamous "John Doe #2," a possible suspect in the bombing that federal authorities eventually said never actually existed.
At the time, though, there was a national manhunt for "Doe," and Trentadue's brother, Kenneth, resembled the description.
Kenneth Trentadue's death was labeled a suicide, but his autopsy report lists 41 wounds and bruises, and his brother believes he was murdered.
For its part, the FBI says the videos don't exist, and they maintain it would be "unreasonably burdensome" to do a search that would take a lot of manpower to perform.
There was 2004 testimony from a Secret Service agent that the log of the tapes does exist, but that the government doesn't have any reason to believe the tapes exist.
The Secret Service maintains that log contained reports that were not verified.