Nichols Guilty of Conspiracy and Involuntary Manslaughter
Found Innocent on Other Charges

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December 23, 1997 -- The jury in the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Terry Nichols returned a mixed verdict late today. They found Nichols guilty of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The verdict indicates that the jury believes Nichols was only a minor player to Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 attack that killed 168 people.

It took the panel 41 hours over 6 days to reach the verdict. They stopped short of finding the former farmhand guilty of first degree murder -- which carries a death penalty -- instead convicting him of the lesser, non-capital offense of involuntary manslaughter. But the conspiracy count could draw a death sentence. The sentencing phase begins on Monday.

Listen to NPR's Wade Goodwyn as he relays the verdict to All Things Considered hosts Linda Wertheimer and Robert Siegel and begins our analysis.