Skip to comments.Key facts on Terry Nichols trial
Posted on 02/28/2004 12:54:18 PM PST by Indy Pendance
Key facts in the state murder trial of Oklahoma City federal building bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, which begins Monday.
--Charges: Nichols faces 161 first-degree murder charges for deaths of 160 people plus the unborn fetus of one victims.
--Penalty: Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. He is already serving life without chance of parole on federal convictions for deaths of eight federal agents in the bombing.
--Players: Case will be heard by state District Judge Steven Taylor. Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney Sandra Elliott is lead prosecutor. Defense team is led by Brian Hermanson and includes Barbara Bergman, a law professor at University of New Mexico, and Rodney Uphoff, a law professor at University of Missouri-Columbia.
--Location: Trial moved to McAlester, 130 miles east of Oklahoma City, because of pretrial publicity.
--Coconspirator: Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and executed at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on June 11, 2001.
--Chief Prosecution Witness: Michael Fortier will describe how Timothy McVeigh and Nichols detonated explosives in Arizona and experimented with bomb ingredients. Fortier, serving 12-year sentence for knowing about the bomb plot and not telling authorities, will testify that Nichols was deeply involved in planning the bombing.
--Chief Defense Witness: David Paul Hammer, scheduled to be executed in June at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., for a prison murder. Hammer spent time with McVeigh on federal death row and claims McVeigh gave him the identity of coconspirators including John Doe 2, a mystery man some claim to have seen with McVeigh on day of the bombing.
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