Courthouse Shootings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A woman held hostage for seven hours by Brian Nichols says she kept the image of her five-year-old daughter's face in her mind during the ordeal.

In the words of Ashley Smith, "I just told him that she didn't have a daddy anymore. If he killed me, then she wouldn't have a mommy either."

She made the comments on C-B-S's "Today' show."

Smith's husband died four years ago after being stabbed in Augusta.

Smith -- who had just moved into the apartment in Gwinnett County -- said Nichols finally let her leave the apartment to go see her daughter, who was at a church function.

Smith says Nichols told her on her way out to say hello to her daughter for her.

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