- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say they won’t bring more charges against a man convicted of gunning down four people during a 2005 shooting spree that started at an Atlanta courthouse.

Local prosecutors encouraged their federal counterparts to bring charges in hopes 37-year-old Brian Nichols could still face lethal injection. He’s serving a life sentence after jurors at his state trial failed to reach a unanimous decision on the death penalty.

But U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said Tuesday even if prosecutors win a conviction, a federal jury might not sentence Nichols to death either.

He was on trial for rape when he grabbed a guard’s gun and shot the judge, a court reporter and a sheriff’s deputy in the courthouse. He also killed a federal agent in an Atlanta neighborhood.

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