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Grand juries indict suspected bomber Eric Rudolph

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Suspected Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph was indicted Wednesday by grand juries in Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama, in connection with a series of bombings that landed him on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List.

The 21-count indictment issued in Atlanta and the two-count indictment returned in Birmingham closely follow charges previously lodged against Rudolph, the subject of an intensive, but unsuccessful manhunt.

The FBI last March sharply scaled back its massive search for Rudolph in the rugged terrain of western North Carolina. The FBI has refused to speculate on whether Rudolph may have died and insists the investigation is continuing. The FBI has offered a $1 million dollar reward for information leading to Rudolph's arrest.

"These indictments were issued because the investigation is over," said a Justice Department official.

Rudolph, 34, of Murphy, North Carolina, was indicted on four counts relating to the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta on July 27, 1996 that killed one person and injured more than one hundred others.

Rudolph faces five counts for the January16, 1997 double-bombing of an office building that housed the Northside Family Planning Clinic, where abortion services were available. The bombs injured several people including law enforcement officials.

Nine counts returned against Rudolph stem from the double-bombing of a gay Atlanta nightclub, The Otherside Lounge, that injured several individuals on February 21, 1997.

Three counts in the Atlanta indictment and both counts in the Birmingham indictment are connected to the January 29, 1998 bombing of the New Woman All Women Health Care Clinic in Birmingham. Rudolph is accused of the bombing that killed an off-duty Birmingham police officer and disfigured a nurse.

Officials said the indictments formalize the criminal charges previously brought against Rudolph in criminal complaints issued by U.S. magistrate judges.

"Now that he has been indicted, when Rudolph is arrested, he will proceed immediately to trial," said U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in Birmingham.



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