Nichols’ Son Gives Sworn Testimony

The 12-year-old son of Oklahoma bombing suspect Terry Nichols gave a deposition here Friday, one week before a grand jury is expected to indict his father and fellow suspect Timothy McVeigh.

An attorney for Josh Nichols had argued that parent-child privilege protected the boy from having to testify against his father, but a judge denied the motion.

Josh was questioned for three hours in a Las Vegas office by an FBI agent and a member of the U.S. attorney’s office in Oklahoma City. Josh’s lawyer Stan Hunterton also was present.

Josh’s deposition will be given to an Oklahoma City federal grand jury, which has until Aug. 11 to indict Nichols and McVeigh in the April 19 bombing that killed 168 people and injured more than 500.

Josh, who lives with his mother, Lana Padilla, in Las Vegas, visited his father in Herington, Kan., the week of the bombing and has had contact with McVeigh.

He had been questioned previously about the visit and about a truck rented in nearby Junction City, Kan. The truck packed with fertilizer and fuel oil blew the face off the federal building one day after Josh flew out of Kansas City for Las Vegas.


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