Eric Rudolph

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Attorneys for serial bombing suspect Eric Rudolph have asked that his trial for a fatal bombing at a Birmingham abortion clinic be delayed for almost a year.

In a 32-page brief filed in federal court in Birmingham today, Rudolph's attorneys said they can't be ready for trial by August 2 because of the vast amount of paperwork associated with the case.

The brief says it would take attorneys four years to review all the paperwork if they spent one minute looking at each page.

The brief also says defense attorneys still must interview many potential witnesses and do its own independent investigations of forensic evidence.

The filing requests that the trial be delayed until June 2005.

Rudolph was captured a year ago in Murphy, North Carolina, after a five-and-a-half-year manhunt.

He is accused of setting off a bomb that killed a police officer and critically injured a nurse outside a Birmingham abortion clinic in January 1998.

Rudolph also is accused of planting the bomb that detonated at Atlanta's Olympic park in 1996, killing a woman, and of setting off bombs in the Atlanta area in 1997.