On Friday,March 11,2005,an Atlanta,Georgia rape suspect named Brian Nichols overpowered a Sheriff's deputy as he was being brought into the courtroom for re-trial,seized her gun,shot her in the head, killed the judge and the court reporter,shot and killed another deputy,and made his escape by carjacking a reporter.
Nichols,it is believed, then killed an Immigration and Customs
Enforcement agent and stole the agent's gun,shield,and pickup truck.He then drove to an apartment complex and took a woman resident hostage : surrendering only after being surrounded by a small army of SWAT officers,Sheriff's deputies,local police,and federal agents.
NY-area television station NBC did
broadcast this story last night-along with a story on alleged steroid use by baseball players.It gave both stories
roughly equal coverage
In case you're wondering,the network broadcast the steroid story first.