Jury to begin deliberations for courthouse gunman

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - A jury will begin deliberating the fate of an Atlanta man found guilty of killing a judge and three other people in a shooting spree that started in a downtown courthouse.

The jury will start considering on Tuesday whether Brian Nichols should be sentenced to death, life in prison or life without
parole.

The 36-year-old Nichols was on trial for rape when he grabbed a guard's gun and fatally shot the judge, a court reporter and a sheriff's deputy in the courthouse in March 2005.

He fled and killed a federal agent in an Atlanta neighborhood.

Nichols had confessed to the killings but claimed he was legally insane.

Prosecutors said Nichols concocted his delusions to avoid the death penalty.


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