7 prospective jurors dropped in Okla. trial

October 21, 1997|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

DENVER -- Jury selection in the second Oklahoma City bombing trial entered its fourth week in U.S. District Court yesterday, with lawyers for the prosecution and for the defendant, Terry L. Nichols, asking to have panelists removed for cause.

Forty-one potential jurors remained. The jury pool must reach at least 64 before each side can make its 23 peremptory challenges. There will eventually be 12 jurors and 6 alternates.

Yesterday, Judge Richard P. Matsch removed two jurors at the request of lawyers for Nichols and five jurors at the request of prosecutors, including two people who said they could not vote to impose the death penalty.

Nichols, 42, is charged with murder and conspiracy in the April 19, 1995, bombing.

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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