Oklahoma taxpayers likely will pay millions of dollars for the defense of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols on state charges. Nichols's attorneys have asked for more than 1 1/2 years to prepare their defense against murder charges that could get him the death penalty. The judge has not set a trial date. The defense has asked that proceedings not begin until January 2005, the Associated Press reports. Prosecutors said they will be ready for trial by November or December; they plan to call 217 witnesses. Nichols, 48, is already serving life in a federal prison for . . .
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