A federal appeals court appointed a new attorney to take charge of the appeal of Timothy J. McVeigh's conviction in the Oklahoma City bombing. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals named Robert Nigh Jr., one of McVeigh's trial lawyers, to be in charge of his appeal. McVeigh's chief trial attorney, Stephen Jones, and McVeigh both asked the court to remove Jones from the appeal. McVeigh was convicted and sentenced in June for bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in April 1995. The blast killed 168 people.