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NICHOLS JURY POOL COMPLETED

The pool of prospective jurors qualified for the second Oklahoma City bombing trial was completed Wednesday, setting the stage for the 12 jurors and six alternates to be seated for the trial of Terry L. Nichols.

Seventy-one candidates were selected after U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch and attorneys questioned 124 prospective jurors. The final selection of 12 jurors and six alternates was planned for today.

Prosecutor Larry Mackey said the candidates would return to court where attorneys will exercise peremptory challenges -- those that require no explanation of why the lawyers don't want that person as a juror -- to winnow the pool to the final jury panel.

Nichols, 42, could be sentenced to die if convicted of murder and conspiracy in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that killed 168 people and injured more than 500.

Timothy J. McVeigh, formerly of Pendleton, was convicted of identical charges in June and sentenced to die. His appeal is pending.

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