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Trial of Nichols is moved 100 miles from blast site

OKLAHOMA CITY — The murder trial for Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols will be held more than 100 miles from the site of the bombing, a state judge ruled Monday.

District Judge Steven Taylor decided to move the trial to the southeast Oklahoma city of McAlester because of extensive pretrial publicity. It is to start on March 1.

Nichols' attorneys had asked that the trial be moved out of state, and state prosecutors wanted it held closer to Oklahoma City.

McAlester, a city of about 16,000 people, is about 130 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.