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Attorney eyeing death penalty for Nichols

ATLANTA, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A county prosecutor in Atlanta says potential federal charges against Brian Nichols could result in a death sentence for the convicted courthouse killer.

Nichols jury deadlocked on death sentence

ATLANTA, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Atlanta courthouse shooter Brian Nichols was spared the possibility of a death sentence Friday, officials said,

No decision on courthouse killer penalty

ATLANTA, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- An Atlanta jury said Thursday its members were divided on whether Brian Nichols should receive a death sentence for a courthouse killing spree.

Prosecutor seeks death for court gunman

ATLANTA, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Prosecutors Monday called on jurors to sentence Brian Nichols to death for the 2005 shooting deaths at a downtown Atlanta courthouse.

Penalty phase for courthouse killer begins

ATLANTA, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A jury in Atlanta heard victim impact statements Thursday from relatives and friends of those gunned down by convicted courthouse killer Brian Nichols.

DA: Brian Nichols was not delusional

ATLANTA, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Brian Nichols, the man who allegedly went on a killing spree in an Atlanta courthouse, is not crazy, prosecutor Clint Rucker said.

Courthouse killer says he was 'soldier'

ATLANTA, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Confessed Georgia courthouse killer Brian Nichols says he was acting as a soldier fighting the government when he killed four people in a 2005 shooting spree.
Judge rejects delay appeal in Nichols case

Judge rejects delay appeal in Nichols case

ATLANTA, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The long-delayed trial of homicide suspect Brian Nichols in Atlanta will not be delayed despite a request from the defense, a judge ruled Monday.

Jury selection begins in courtroom killing

ATLANTA, July 10 (UPI) -- Jury selection began Thursday in the much-delayed trial of a man charged with killing an Atlanta judge and three others in a dramatic courtroom breakout.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 11, 2008.
By United Press International

Judge resigns in courthouse shooting case

ATLANTA, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The judge presiding in the case of a courthouse shooting spree in Atlanta resigned Wednesday over potentially pejorative comments in a published interview.

Report: Costs deter capital case pursuit

ATLANTA, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Courts across the United States are facing financial challenges to effectively prosecute death penalty cases, a report says.

One Georgia judge blasts another

ATLANTA, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The Georgia judge presiding over the trial of a man accused of killing four people in a courthouse shooting spree has been harshly criticized by a fellow judge.

Accused courthouse killer's trial delayed

ATLANTA, March 22 (UPI) -- The trial of an Atlanta man accused of killing a judge and three others has been delayed until Sept. 10 because Georgia's public defender budget is broke.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Sunday, March 11, 2007.
By United Press International
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Brian Nichols
The Atlanta Police Department have released this undated file photo of Brian Nichols after he grabbed a Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy's gun, shot her, then shot and killed the judge, a court stenographer and another deputy in the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, on March 11, 2005. The gunman, Nichols, who is on trial for rape, escaped and is on the run after car jacking a reporters car. (UPI Photo/Atlanta Police Department)
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Brian Gene Nichols (born December 10, 1971) is known for his escape and killing spree in the Fulton county courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia on March 11, 2005. Nichols was on trial for rape when he escaped from custody and murdered the judge presiding over his trial, a court reporter, a Sheriff's Deputy and later a Federal agent. A huge manhunt was launched in metro Atlanta and Nichols was taken into custody 26 hours later. The prosecution charged him with committing 54 crimes during the escape and he was found guilty on all counts on November 7, 2008.

What little is known about Nichols' early life is that he came from a middle class family. He graduated from the Cardinal Gibbons School in Baltimore, Maryland in 1989. He attended college at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, for three semesters from 1989 to 1990. While attending the college he played linebacker on their football team. Nick Pergine, who played football with Nichols at Kutztown, said Nichols' massive physical presence and martial-arts skills earned him a reputation as someone to be careful around. Jake Williams, who coached Nichols at Kutztown, compared Nichols' physique (6'1" and 210 lbs) with that of NFL star John Mobley, who also played at the university.

Berks County records show that Nichols had been arrested at least three times during his short stay at the university. In 1990, he was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment, stemming from an incident in a university dining hall, according to court documents. He pleaded guilty to the two lesser charges and the others were dropped.

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