Prosecutors in Nichols case object to most defense witnesses

Friday, October 31st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Prosecutors in the case of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols are objecting to most of the federal witnesses the defense wants to interview.

Judge Steven Taylor met with the attorneys behind closed doors for more than an hour Friday morning.

Nichols' attorneys want to question 100 witnesses before Nichols trial on 161 state murder charges begins March 1st in McAlester.

Prosecutors are objecting to all but three of those on the list, saying most are irrelevant to the case.

Defense attorneys say it should be up to them to determine the relevance of the witnesses.

State prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Nichols on the state murder charges for his role in the 1995 bombing. Nichols is already serving life in prison for federal convictions for his part in the attack.