Terry Nichols Granted Venue Change

The judge presiding over the Terry Nichols death penalty case has granted Nichols' change of venue request ruling that Nichols cannot receive a fair trial in Oklahoma City.

The trial will be moved to another Oklahoma county. The Judge will announce which county on Monday.

Nichols' lawyers had requested a three year abatement so that the prejudicial pre-trial publicity could die down, or alternatively, that the trial be moved outside Oklahoma. The judge denied both requests, saying he had faith in the jury system and that he lacked authority to move the trial outside Oklahoma.

One glimmer of hope: The Judge said he will dismiss the charges if twelve impartial jurors cannot be found during jury selection. The trial is scheduled to begin on March 1, 2004.

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