Supreme Court denies stay in Terry Nichols case

Tuesday, April 22nd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A dispute over payment of bombing conspirator Terry Nichols' legal fees won't stop his preliminary hearing from going forward.

The state Supreme Court Tuesday denied a request to postpone the preliminary hearing that's to begin on May 5th.

Nichols' court-appointed defense attorney, Brian Hermanson, requested a postponement because of delays in payment of Nichols' legal bills.

But Assistant Attorney General Sandy Rinehart said any delays are because Nichols' attorneys have not provided enough detail about his legal costs.

Nichols' legal team has been paid almost $2.5-million in the case.

Nichols is charged with 160 counts of first-degree murder in the 1995 bombing. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.