May 09, 2005

Atlanta courthouse shooting suspect Nichols converts to Islam

According to broadcast reports this evening, Brian Nichols, the suspect in the Fulton County Courthouse shootings in Atlanta on March 11, has had a jailhouse conversion to Islam.

Nichols, who was indicted last Thursday on 54 charges, including four counts each of murder and felony murder, has requested -- and received -- permission to talk to a local Imam. Nichols will be allowed to pray in accordance to the tenants of Islam as well.

The indictment includes 18 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, 7 counts of kidnapping, and five counts of hijacking a motor vehicle.

As you'll remember, Nichols was being readied for a rape trial when he overpowered and severely injured his guard, entered the courtroom and shot to death Judge Rowland Barnes and the court stenographer. Nichols subsequently escaped the courthouse, killing a Fulton County Sherrif's deputy, and later killing a US Customs agent before his capture in Gwinnett County.

Fulton County DA Paul Howard has stated that he plans on requesting the death penalty in Nichols' case.

(Linking to OTB's Beltway Traffic Jam)

Posted by mhking at May 9, 2005 07:45 PM

Why is this news?

Posted by: DarkStar at May 9, 2005 09:07 PM

Not even Allah can save him from the death chamber.

Posted by: D.C. Thornton at May 9, 2005 09:18 PM

Who didn't see that one oming....honestly

Posted by: Sgt Fluffy at May 9, 2005 09:41 PM

its common among blacks who have been jailed to come out as muslims. men like farakan tell blacks christianity is uncompatible with blackness. This is troubling. Freedom House just released a study detailing the pervasiveness of the saudi style islam in our schools, jailes, government, amercian mosques...

Posted by: shari at May 10, 2005 01:07 AM

It was because the courts graciously afforded that piece of human debris the right to appear at trial in street clothes that he exploited that right as an opportunity to go on a killing rampage.

At this point the only right he deserves is that of a speedy execution.

Posted by: clark smith at May 10, 2005 06:56 AM

Which type of Islam? Are we talking Screwy Louie?

Posted by: Steven J. Kelso Sr. at May 10, 2005 04:58 PM

DarkStar has the question of the day.

Posted by: BobG at May 11, 2005 04:21 PM

I bet the only thing he is trying to do is to make sure he is protected from physical and sexual abuse while he is in jail...

Posted by: cynthia at May 11, 2005 11:35 PM
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