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Eric Rudolph to be tried in Alabama

Eric Rudolph, captured in Murphy, N.C., this weekend and arrested on charges involving bombings in Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala., made his first appearance in federal court Monday in Asheville. Prosecutors said he would be tried first in Alabama rather than Georgia. Rudolph’s lawyer, Sean Devreaux, said his client would not plead guilty and would fight the charges. If he is convicted, Rudolph could receive the death penalty. The attorney was appointed by U.S. District Court Sunday. He is not expected to follow Rudolph to Birmingham and another attorney will be appointed to represent him there. “I told him (Rudolph) I would be his lawyer until he got somebody else,” Devreaux said. Rudolph, 36, said during the appearance that he did not have the money to pay for an attorney to represent him. The attorney said there would be no guilty plea, but Rudolph will be given another opportunity to plead guilty when he arrives in Alabama. The timing of the trip to Birmingham was not revealed for security reasons but it was expected to be soon. Full Story

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