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Nichols jurors begin deliberating after defense urges mercy, prosecutor calls him ‘terrorist’

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McALESTER, Okla. — Jurors began deliberating Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols' fate Wednesday after a defense attorney stood behind him, put his hands on Nichols' shoulders and asked the panel to save his life.

"This case is about one person, this man, Terry Lynn Nichols, and whether you will take his life," attorney Creekmore Wallace said. "It's about whether you will kill Terry Lynn Nichols, the man."

In their closing argument, prosecutors branded Nichols a "terrorist." But defense attorneys said Nichols has become a religious man who has the capacity for good.

Nichols was convicted May 26 of 161 counts of first-degree murder in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

He is already serving a life sentence for the deaths of eight federal agents in the blast. The state convictions were for the others killed in the explosion. His state trial began March 1.

"After three and a half months, important work begins," Judge Steven Taylor told the jury before deliberations began about 11:30 a.m.