OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The state Supreme Court on Monday dismissed Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols' request to remove the district attorney's office from the case, clearing the last obstacle to resuming Nichols' prosecution.
Nichols, 45, was convicted in federal court and sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter and conspiracy in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that killed 168 people and injured more than 500.
He is awaiting trial in state court in Oklahoma on murder charges that could bring the death penalty.
In October, a judge ordered District Attorney Bob Macy and his assistants off the case because of public comments by Macy that were deemed a "blatant violation of the rules of professional conduct."
But the state Court of Criminal Appeals said the judge could not bar Macy's underlings from trying the case because the improper remarks involved mainly Macy, not his staff.
In a one-paragraph order, the high court said Monday that the Court of Criminal Appeals "has exclusive jurisdiction in criminal cases" and dismissed Nichols' plea.
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