Attorneys ask judge to move Terry Nichols pretrial hearings to courthouse

Wednesday, June 25th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Attorneys for bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols asked a judge on Tuesday to move his pretrial hearings to the Oklahoma County courthouse.

The proceedings are held in a specially constructed courtroom in the basement of the Oklahoma County jail.

``Doing so stigmatizes Mr. Nichols and reinforces the public perception that he is a dangerous guilty offender who cannot be treated like other defendants,'' his attorneys told District Judge Steven Taylor.

The next pretrial hearing is set for Monday.

Nichols, 48, is facing a March 1 state murder trial for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.

A federal jury convicted him of conspiracy and the involuntary manslaughter of eight federal agents during a 1997 trial in Denver.

His state case focuses on the 160 others who died as a result of the 1995 attack, as well as the loss of two unborn babies.

Nichols' pretrial hearings have been held in the jail primarily for security reasons.