Nichols jury selection enters third week
October 13, 1997
Web posted at: 10:50 p.m. EDT (0250 GMT)
DENVER (CNN) -- Jury selection in the Oklahoma City bombing
trial of Terry Nichols entered its third week Monday with the
questioning of six potential candidates.
All of them said they could impose the death penalty, a
requirement to serve, and none were eliminated from the
prospective jury pool
So far, 26 of the first 60 prospective jurors have qualified
for the pool from which the jury will be selected. A pool of
64 is needed before the trial can begin.
Nichols sat attentive and upright during Monday's
proceedings, occasionally looking over the courtroom without
His mother, Joyce Wilt, sat on the front row and took
extensive notes as attorneys questioned potential jurors.
Wilt, who visited her son during the weekend, said he was
doing "fine" and that he "reads a lot" about the trial to
pass the time.
Nichols, 42, is charged with murder and conspiracy in the
April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people and injured
hundreds of others, the largest act of terrorism on U.S.
The last woman questioned Monday was scheduled to return
Tuesday for more questioning.
One potential juror, a grandmother who consults with
contractors and designs software, said capital punishment is
"I believe in the death penalty," she said, "but I want to be
convinced that person is guilty."
Another woman, a retired nurse, said she believed bombing
co-defendant Timothy McVeigh received a fair sentence.
McVeigh was convicted in June and sentenced to death for the
Nichols' lead attorney, Michael Tigar, commenting on the pace
of jury selection at the end of Monday's court session, said:
"As you know, this is Columbus Day. And so, like Columbus, we
have a reliable system of navigation. We are sailing in a
craft in which we have confidence."
"The question is whether we'll know where we are when we get
there," he said.
Correspondent Susan Candiotti contributed to this report