Death penalty phase begins in Nichols case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - The death penalty phase is expected to begin in
the case of a gunman found guilty of killing four people in a
shooting spree that began at a downtown Atlanta courthouse.

Brian Nichols, 36, was found guilty Friday in the fatal
shootings of a judge, a court reporter, a deputy and a federal
agent in the 2005 rampage.

He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, claiming he was
gripped by a delusional compulsion that he was a slave rebelling
against authority.

A jury soundly rejected his claims, finding him guilty of all 54 counts against him, including murder and aggravated assault.

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