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Nichols trial scheduled to begin March 1

A judge Friday scheduled the state trial of Terry Nichols on murder charges in the Oklahoma City bombing to begin March 1, 2004. State District Judge Steven W. Taylor told attorneys the trial date should give them “sufficient time to prepare for trial after having worked on this case for over three years,” according to The Oklahoman. The judge said he would hear arguments in September on whether the trial should be conducted outside Oklahoma City. Defense attorneys want to move the trial outside of the city where 168 people were killed in the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building. Prosecutors have suggested jurors could be picked in another county and transported to Oklahoma City for the trial. Nichols, 48, was convicted on federal charges of conspiracy and manslaughter in 1997 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was acquitted on murder charges that would have carried the death penalty. He has been held in the Oklahoma County Jail since Jan. 31, 2000, awaiting the state trial. Full Story

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