Seven women and five men were selected Thursday to serve as jurors in the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Terry L. Nichols, clearing the way for opening statements Monday in the second and final case stemming from the April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people.
Nichols, a 42-year-old father of three children, faces the death penalty if convicted on 11 charges of murder and conspiracy in the truck bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. His co-defendant and former Army buddy, Timothy J. McVeigh, 29, formerly of Pendleton, N.Y., was convicted on all of the same counts by a separate jury and sentenced to death last June.
Attorneys for Nichols and the government completed jury selection Thursday, after 4 1/2 weeks of closely questioning prospective panelists. Six alternate jurors, evenly split by gender, also were chosen.