McAlester city council to decide on cameras for courthouse

Monday, December 8th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) -- The Pittsburg County Courthouse, where Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols will go on trial March 1st, may soon get some new security cameras.

The McAlester City Council will decide at its Tuesday night meeting whether to purchase a $178,803 fire and security system for the courthouse and the McAlester Municipal Building.

The system would include high-resolution cameras that would run nonstop and be able to zoom in and out, pan and tilt.

Nichols will be tried on state murder charges arising from the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people.

He has already been convicted of federal charges and sent to prison for life. The trial was moved from Oklahoma City because of pretrial publicity.