Atlanta Shooter Brian Nichols Denied Bond
Nichols in Court, Denied Bond (News11)
The man wanted for fatally shooting four people, inciting a day-long manhunt and holding a woman hostage for 10 hours went before a judge Tuesday morning regarding charges from a previous case. Scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., the hearing for 33-year-old Brian Nichols ended shortly after the hour. He stands accused of rape, aggravated assault with intent to rape, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, authorities said. Fulton County authorities have yet to charge Nichols with the four shooting deaths that occurred last Friday.
Nichols appeared at a magistrate courtroom located inside of the Fulton County jail for a status hearing regarding the rape trial, which he was brought to the county courthouse for last Friday. A handful of fully-armed Fulton sheriffÃ¢€™s deputies, members of the special tactical unit, escorted Nichols into the courtroom, according to 11Alive Reporter Kevin Rowson. Wearing a navy blue jail uniform, Nichols walked into the courtroom with his feet shackled and his hands cuffed and chained around the waist. A total of 15 Fulton sheriffÃ¢€™s deputies were in the courtroom at the time. Ten of them came from the special tactical unit and were armed, while five other sheriffÃ¢€™s deputies did not have guns inside of their holsters.
While having a single female deputy guarding him was clearly inadequate, having an entire SWAT team might be a wee bit of overkill.