- U.S. Magistrate Dennis Green orders 19-year-old Oliver Gyarfas, who left the Mount Carmel compound on Friday, held without bond as a material witness. Kathy Schroeder, a fellow cult member, also remains in McLennan County Jail.
- A federal agent says as many as 30 members of the Branch Davidians may be interested in leaving the compound, depending on the treatment of those already out.
- An agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms who was wounded in the Feb. 28 raid on the Mount Carmel compound sues the Tribune-Herald, alleging an employee of the paper tipped off the cult to the then-impending raid. Editor Bob Lott categorically denies the charge.
Fund for Families
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Retired agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have set up a fund for the families of four ATF agents killed in the Feb. 28 shootout with members of a religious cult near Waco.
The ATF Retirees Association is raising money to provide continuing benefits for the families, said John Rice, executive director of the group and a resident of St. Simons Island, Ga. He announced the fund Tuesday at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, where ATF agents are trained.
The slain agents’ families will receive lump-sum payments from the government, but they are not eligible for retirement benefits because none of the agents had the minimum 10 years service, Rice said.
The group is accepting contributions at its headquarters, 405 Bonaventure Rd., St. Simons Island, Ga., 31522.
The mother-in-law of cult leader Vernon Howell said Wednesday she is not surprised he has refused to end a standoff.
“I believe if he comes out, they’d probably do bad things to him and persecute him and no telling what,” said Mary Jones, a former member of the Branch Davidian sect whose daughter Rachel married Howell.
Jones’ husband, Perry Jones, reportedly died in the Feb. 28 raid. She has a second daughter and a son inside the compound.