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Eric Rudolph

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Eric Rudolph's lawyers filed a motion Friday seeking to delay his trial in a fatal abortion clinic bombing. His lawyers say they have not had enough time to prepare for a death penalty defense.

Arrested a year ago after a five-year manhunt, defense attorneys contend Rudolph can't receive a fair trial if the case goes to court as scheduled on Aug. 2.

The defense did not propose an alternative date for the trial, and prosecutors had no immediate response.

Rudolph is accused of setting off a bomb that killed an off duty Birmingham police officer and critically injured a nurse outside an abortion clinic in late January 1998. He's also accused of setting off the Olympic park bomb that killed a woman in Atlanta in 1996 and a pair of bombs in Atlanta in 1997.

Rudolph was arrested in May of last year in Murphy, North Carolina. He is jailed without bond.


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