22 prospective Nichols jurors to be evaluated Friday
October 23, 1997
Web posted at: 9:53 p.m. EDT (0153 GMT)
DENVER (CNN) -- Twenty-two prospective jurors will be
evaluated Friday as the judge and lawyers in the Oklahoma
City bombing trial of Terry Nichols consider who should be
chosen for the jury pool.
At least 64 are needed before a jury of 12 and six alternates
can be selected. Forty potential jurors were chosen in
Prosecutors say the jury likely will be seated next week.
Six prospective jurors were questioned Thursday, including a
former National Football League player who admitted he
hurried through a jury questionnaire because he didn't see
jury duty as "doing anything for the people who were in that
building, regardless of who was responsible."
He also said he had heard that the judge "is pretty tough.
But he's going to have to come and get me, so I'm going to
tell him the truth on this form."
U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch replied, "Well, here we
The man said he had good reason to keep an open mind if he is
selected. He said he was acquitted in a criminal case and
understands the importance of a fair jury.
Asked if he could look Nichols in the eye and tell him he
would get a fair trial, the former NFL player looked directly
at Nichols and said "Terry, I would give you a fair trial."
The last person interviewed Thursday, the 102nd in the 19
days of questioning so far, was a mother of five with a Ph.D.
in clinical psychology who runs a children's psychiatric unit
at a state mental health facility.
She said she once visited the bomb site, which is now a
memorial. "I saw a lot of people walking around," she said.
"It was very sad. Everyone was very quiet."
Nichols, 42, is charged with murder, conspiracy and
weapons-related counts in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that killed 168 and wounded
hundreds of others. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.
His co-defendant, Timothy McVeigh, was convicted of identical
charges in June and sentenced to die. McVeigh is appealing
the conviction and sentence.