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Jury Picked for Nichols' Okla. Trial

March 12, 2004|From Associated Press

McALESTER, Okla. — After nine days of questioning, a jury of 12 was seated Thursday for the trial of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry L. Nichols on murder charges that could bring the death penalty.

The jury of six men and six women includes a retired Army Special Forces officer, a homemaker, a chef at an Italian restaurant, an accountant and a computer networking specialist. Also seated were six alternate jurors -- three women and three men.

Opening statements are set for March 22.

Nichols, 48, is serving a life sentence on federal charges for the deaths of eight law enforcement officers in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building that killed 168 people.

The state murder charges cover the 160 others and one victim's unborn child.

Prosecutors say Nichols helped Timothy J. McVeigh assemble the ingredients for the bomb and build it. McVeigh was convicted on federal murder charges and executed in 2001.

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