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McVeigh, 33, will be moved from the cell to the execution chamber a few feet away by 7 a.m. today. He will be put to death by an injection of three poisons.
McVeigh was removed from death row at 4:10 a.m. Sunday and taken in a white van with barricaded windows to the execution facility, just west of the main building. Guards wearing bullet-proof vests walked alongside the van for the short trip. He was inside the holding cell by 4:30 a.m.
"Inmate McVeigh was cooperative, and the movement occurred without incident, prison officials said.
The transfer was McVeigh's last time outdoors. Nigh said McVeigh "was able to look up in the sky for the first time in a number of years and see the moon.
"That was very valuable to him.
Another attorney, Nathan Chambers, said McVeigh even slept a couple of hours after the move and planned to sleep again before the execution.
For his "official final meal, at noon Sunday, McVeigh had two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
He had the option of eating a later meal if he requested it but prison officials wouldn't say Sunday night if he did.
The attorneys met with their client Sunday afternoon and planned to meet with him again shortly after 4 a.m. today. Chambers said McVeigh still had a sense of humor as his death approached.
McVeigh also met with Warden Harley Lappin.
McVeigh watched television programs on a small black and white set allowed in the holding cell, Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Dan Dunne said at a news briefing Sunday night.
McVeigh, however, again upset relatives of those killed in the Oklahoma City bombing by writing in a letter published Sunday that he was "sorry these people had lose to their lives but that's the nature of the beast.
Nigh said McVeigh does feel bad, much like a military pilot would feel if a bomb dropped in a foreign country killed innocent women and children. Nigh suggested, though, that McVeigh still believes he was right.
McVeigh gave away his belongings as he prepared for his execution. In a journal, fellow death row inmate David Paul Hammer wrote that McVeigh left him a photo inscribed: "My head has been bloodied, but it remains unbowed.
Hammer is from Oklahoma.
McVeigh's body will be cremated after the execution, and victims have worried that the ashes could eventually end up at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. McVeigh has admitted he considered that idea.
Nigh assured The Oklahoman last month that won't happen.
"I am responsible for their disposal, and they will not be in Oklahoma at any time, he said.
The execution will be shown on closed-circuit television to victims in Oklahoma City, but it will not be videotaped.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday refused to allow the videotaping, which was sought by an arson defendant accused of a fatal fire in Pennsylvania.
The defendant, Joseph P. Minerd, has been told prosecutors will seek a death sentence at trial. His attorneys wanted a videotape to use as evidence in support of their claim that the death penalty is unconstitutional because it is a cruel and unusual punishment.