Courthouse Shooting Suspect To Go Before Judge

The man suspected of killing three people at the Fulton County courthouse is expected to appear in court today, reportedly before a judge from a different county. Thirty-three-year-old Brian Nichols will go before a Cobb County judge in Atlanta.

A broadcast report says that's because Fulton County judges have recused themselves. Nichols was about to be retried on a rape charge Friday when he allegedly overpowered a guard, killed Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes, his court reporter and a deputy.

He also is accused of wounding another deputy, who remains hospitalized. Nichols also is a suspect in the death of a federal agent after his escape. Today's appearance is a status hearing. A spokesman for the Fulton County district attorney's office says murder charges are expected later, along with a decision on whether to seek the death penalty.

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