Atlanta Courthouse Reopens Amid Tighter Security

New security procedures implemented following Friday's triple slaying

When Nichols finally let Smith go to a planned meeting with her her daughter, he said he wanted to stay at the apartment for a few more days. But she said she thought he knew she was going to call police after she left.

Nichols could appear in federal court as early as Monday to face a charge of possession of a firearm by a person under indictment, the charge authorities are using to keep Nichols in custody while they sort out charging in the slayings, said U.S. Attorney David Nahmias.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that a courthouse surveillance camera recorded Nichols' initial surprise attack on Deputy Cynthia Hall but that no one in the control center noticed the assault.


Associated Press writer Daniel Yee contributed to this report.