ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) Thursday marks the 15 year anniversary of the arrest of Brian Nichols, who went on a deadly killing spree inside the Fulton County courthouse.

On March 11, 2005, Nichols, an accused rapist, was headed to court for his trial. Before entering the courtroom, Nichols overpowered Deputy Cynthia Hall, took her gun and opened fire in the courtroom.

He shot and killed Judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Brandau and Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy Hoyt Teasley. Nichols left the courthouse and later killed U.S. Customs agent David Wilhelm at the agent's Buckhead 湖北福彩精彩十分网点.

The next day, Nichols was found and arrested at the Duluth apartment of Ashley Smith, who convinced him to surrender.

On Dec. 14, 2008, Nichols was sentenced to life in prison without parole after the jury deadlocked on the death penalty. That controversial decision spurred lawmakers to try to change state law, which requires a unanimous decision for a person to be sentenced to death.

The state spent least $2.9 million to pay for Nichols' defense.

Nichols is currently serving a life sentence.

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