Judge refuses request for delay in start of Terry Nichols trial

Thursday, February 26th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(McAlester-AP) -- A judge is refusing to delay Monday's start of the murder trial of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.

Nichols' attorneys made the request today during a pretrial hearing in McAlester because of a recent news articles about previously unknown F-B-I documents.

An Associated Press article cited by attorneys reveals the government didn't disclose documents that raise the possibility of white supremacist bank robbers helping Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

State law requires prosecutors to turn giver defense attorneys all evidence that could be used to show a defendant's innocence.

Nichols faces 161 state first-degree murder charges for his role in the bombing. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The trial was moved to McAlester because of pretrial publicity.