The last defense witnesses at Terry Nichols' state trial told jurors Tuesday that Nicholas has a sincere belief in God and is not faking it. “He's worn several Bibles out,” said Art Fowler, a Colorado minister who has met with Nichols in jail. “He's a different man.” Jurors today will start deliberating whether Nichols should spend the rest of his life in prison or be executed for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
In a closing argument Tuesday, prosecutor Suzanne Lister called Nichols a terrorist who destroyed lives and dreams to make a political statement. Defense attorney Barbara Bergman argued Nichols was not a major participant in the bombing, for which Timothy McVeigh has already been executed. Jurors May 26 found Nichols guilty on 161 counts of first-degree murder. Nichols, 49, never testified. His defense attorneys called 22 witnesses over two days.