Prosecutors will attempt to add at least one murder charge against Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols for the death of an unborn child in the bombing, the Associated Press reports. Nichols, already serving a life prison sentence on federal charges, now faces 160 counts of first-degree murder for his part in the 1995 blast. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Nichols, 48, will be arraigned May 27 and prosecutors said they hope to pick a jury this year. The state cases involves victims who were not part of the federal case. The U.S. Supreme Court already turned down an appeal from Nichols arguing that a state trial amounts to double jeopardy.
Some members of victims’ families welcome the new trial, but others question the cost when Oklahoma is facing a $678 million budget shortfall. About $2.5 million has already been spent on Nichols’ defense. “We have teachers being laid off right and left. Our health care system is in shambles. And we’re going to try someone who’s going to spend the rest of his life in prison,” said Jim Denny, whose two children were killed.