March 12, 2008
Atlanta (CNN)--On July 10th, accused courthouse killer, Brian Nichols, will finally stand trial. Nichols is charged with killing four people, including a judge and court reporter in Atlanta.
Tuesday marked the three year anniversary of that shooting rampage. Yesterday, family and friends gathered inside the front entrance of the Fulton County Courthouse to mark the third anniversary of that deadly shooting spree on March 11, 2005.
Portraits of three of the victims were unveiled during a ceremony marking the untimely death of Judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Ann Brandau, and deputy sheriff sergeant Hoyt Teasley.
A federal agent was also killed later that day. Police eventually arrested and charged Brian Nichols for the crimes.
Yesterday, families and friends of the victims reflected on their loss.
"We miss her a lot and I'm trying to live a life that she would want me to live and I'm graduating from Auburn in May to be a nurse and she would have been proud of that," says Christina Scholte, the daughter of murdered victim, Julie Brandau.
"It was very moving, very emotional, you kind of have to hold back some tears. It's been a very long journey these three years," says mourner, Claudia Barnes.
Nichols has pleaded not guilty to the crimes. His trial has been continuously delayed because of problems paying for his defense.
However, the new judge in this case, Judge Bodiford, not only ordered the trial to resume on July 10, he also told Nichols' attorneys he'll hold court six days a week.
Nichols attorney's have pleaded with the judge to push back the trial date by at least a couple of weeks, but so far Judge Bodiford isn't budging.
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