Jurors Spare Nichols; He Might “Do…Some Good”

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Jurors in the Terry Nichols trial in McAlester, Ok., voted repeatedly, with outcomes of 8-4 and 7-5, in favor of the death penalty for the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, reports The Oklahoman. “It was deserved,” said juror Cecil Reeder, 70, a retired diesel mechanic. The trial ended Friday night after three months when jurors deadlocked on punishment for 160 murders. Now the sentence can be only life in prison or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors said Nichols, 49, was a terrorist and deserved execution. Defense attorneys said he was a changed man, with a sincere belief in God. Juror Joseph Reynolds, who voted for execution, said one question was asked “over and over and over” in the deliberations. If this crime doesn't justify the death sentence, what one would? Of those voting for life without parole, he said, “It was their contention that he might be able to do somebody some good someday. They thought he might be able to talk to a prisoner and do him some good. … They thought he might do his children some good.”

Link: http://www.newsok.com/cgi-bin/show_article?ID=1262654

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