Attorneys for courthouse gunman Brian Nichols have tried to withdraw from the case.

Defense lawyer Robert McGlasson told the judge Friday that the defense team could no longer represent Nichols because of
allegations against another defense attorney.

The arguments were cited as prosecutors prepared to introduce letters Nichols wrote to Lisa Meneguzzo, a Connecticut woman who was implicated in helping plan an escape plot. The letters accused defense lawyer Jacob Sussman of wrongdoing.

Superior Court Judge James Bodiford told the lawyers it was too late to quit.

Nichols was being escorted to a courtroom where he was being tried for rape on March 11, 2005, when he beat a deputy, stole her gun and went on a shooting spree that left a judge, a court reporter, a deputy and a federal agent dead.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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