Judge delays transfer of Terry Nichols to McAlester prison

Thursday, November 20th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols won't be moved from the Oklahoma County jail until Feb. 9, the presiding judge has decided.

Judge Steven Taylor delayed transferring Nichols from Oklahoma City to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester so Nichols can be present when his attorneys question federal witnesses.

Jury selection begins March 1 for Nichols, who faces 161 counts of first-degree murder in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The case was moved to McAlester because of pretrial publicity.

A federal jury convicted Nichols, 48, of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of eight federal agents. A federal judge sentenced him to life.

His co-conspirator, Timothy McVeigh, was convicted of murder and weapons charges and sentenced to death. McVeigh was executed in June 2001.