Category: Terry Nichols

Ten years later, FBI finds explosives in home where Terry Nichols lived

WASHINGTON – The FBI is facing the possibility it made an embarrassing oversight in the Oklahoma City bombing case a decade ago after new information led agents to explosive materials hidden in Terry Nichols‘ former home, which they had searched several times before. FBI officials said the material was found Thursday night and Friday in a crawl space of the house in Herington, Kan. They believe agents failed to check that space during the numerous searches of the property during the original investigation of Nichols and Timothy McVeigh. “The information so far indicates the items have been there since prior

Nichols Sentenced to Life, Times 161

Terry L. Nichols was sentenced today to life without parole in the deaths of 161 people when a federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed in 1995. District Judge Steven Taylor in McAlester, Okla., ordered Nichols to serve a life term on each of the 161 counts of murder and that the sentences run consecutively, Associated Press reported. “My heart truly goes out to all the victims and survivors and to everyone who was affected by the Oklahoma City bombing,” Nichols said in his first statement to the court, according to AP. “Words cannot adequately express the sorrow I have

Nichols Convicted of State Murder Charges

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Nearly a decade after the Oklahoma City bombing, Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges Wednesday for helping carry out what was then the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. He could get the death sentence he escaped when he was convicted in federal court in the 1990s. The verdicts came after only five hours of deliberations. Nichols was stone-faced and stared straight ahead at the judge as the verdicts were read, while his attorneys bowed their heads and clenched their hands together. Prosecutors beamed, and family members hugged and congratulated them. “I’m

Defense rests in Terry Nichols’ murder trial

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Defense attorneys rested their case Thursday at the trial of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, who faces state murder charges that could carry the death penalty. Nichols’ attorneys questioned 96 witnesses over 11 days in a case that was shortened when Judge Steven Taylor limited the defense’s ability to offer evidence of alternative suspects in the bombing, which killed 168 people. Prosecutors rested their case April 30 after questioning 151 witnesses over 29 days. They planned to question at least a dozen more witnesses to rebut defense testimony. Closing arguments are tentatively scheduled to begin

Nichols defense presents John Doe No. 2 evidence

Witnesses say they may have seen McVeigh with mysterious suspect McALESTER, Okla. – Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and a shorter, stocky man with bushy dark hair walked into a Kansas hair salon together one day before the 1995 bombing, two hair stylists testified at bombing conspirator Terry Nichols‘ murder trial Monday. Terry Nichols on Trial The crime: A massive fertilizer and fuel bomb inside a rental truck was detonated April 19, 1995, outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring more than 500. The motive: The bombing, authorities said, was carried

Prosecution rests in Nichols trial

McALESTER — Prosecutors today completed their circumstantial case against Terry Nichols, putting on testimony from 151 witnesses and giving jurors more than 1,000 pieces of evidence about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. “The state rests,” lead prosecutor Sandra Elliott announced at 11:50 a.m. The last witnesses today were doctors who told jurors about the fatal injuries of 30 more victims. “My dad was the last name that was read today,” said Kevin Van Ess. “It was hard to listen to. … It was difficult but it could have been worse. There were much worse injuries on some of the people.”

Nichols’ motion to dismiss denied

Bombing conspirator’s defense claimed evidence was withheld McALESTER, Okla. — A judge denied a motion Wednesday to dismiss the state murder case against Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, saying there was no basis for claims that evidence important to his defense was withheld. “This motion to dismiss is laced with melodrama but no substance,” Judge Steven Taylor said. “Most of the claimed new evidence is not new at all.” Nichols’ attorneys alleged in the motion, filed last week, that the state was withholding evidence that there were other suspects in the Oklahoma City bombing who have never been charged,

Judge rules witnesses must testify

KINGMAN – Ten Mohave County residents must appear next month in the Oklahoma City bombing trial of suspect Terry Nichols, Superior Court Judge Steven Conn ruled on Friday. At a hearing in Kingman, Conn directed the prospective witnesses to answer defense subpoenas even though several objected because they would face medical and financial hardship if forced to make the trip to Oklahoma. Nichols’ attorneys in the death-penalty trial are attempting to show that their client was a dupe or fall guy, and that lead conspirator Timothy McVeigh had other help in the 1995 terrorism attack that took 169 lives in

Prosecutor links Nichols to McVeigh

McALESTER, Okla. – Terry Nichols hated the U.S. government and worked hand-in-hand with Timothy McVeigh in the deadly, “monstrous” bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, a prosecutor told jurors Monday. “These two were partners, and their business was terrorism,” Assistant Oklahoma County District Attorney Lou Keel said in opening statements in Nichols’ state trial. Proceedings got under way aer two jurors and an alternate were excused by the judge, who blamed prosecutors for the problem. Keel said Nichols purchased the fertilizer, which was used with fuel oil to create the bomb. “This huge, monstrous bomb was detonated right in

Terry Nichols Goes on Trial for His Life

McALESTER, Okla. – Terry Nichols went on trial for his life Monday in the Oklahoma City bombing and was alternately portrayed as an eager participant in the attack and a fall guy in a conspiracy wider than the government has acknowledged. Nichols hated the U.S. government and worked hand-in-hand with Timothy McVeigh in assembling and detonating the “huge, monstrous bomb,” prosecutor Lou Keel said during opening statements in the state murder trial. “These two were partners, and their business was terrorism,” Keel said. Defense attorney Brian Hermanson countered that McVeigh and other conspirators were responsible for the bombing and Nichols