NICHOLS hearing postponed again

Saturday, August 11th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A hearing for Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols has been pushed back more than a month because of additional filed with the Oklahoma Supreme Court, a court spokeswoman said Friday.

The hearing, scheduled for Aug. 22, was postponed until Oct. 9, said Cheryl Camp of the Administrative Office of the Courts.

District Judge Ray Dean Linder postponed Nichols' May 21 preliminary hearing after the FBI revealed that it had failed to deliver thousands of documents to defense attorneys in the federal trials of Nichols and bomber Timothy McVeigh.

A new date for preliminary hearing has not been set.

Nichols is charged with 160 state counts of first-degree murder for the April 19, 1995, federal building bombing that killed 168 people and injured more than 500. State prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.

A federal jury in Denver convicted Nichols on involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy charges and he was sentenced to life in prison.

McVeigh was convicted in Denver on federal murder charges and was executed June 11.